I don't merely suspect the late catcher--by FAR the game's most demanding position, as pointed out by uber baseball maven George Will--Jordan preferred LIVING in small cities, but as well found PLAYING for the small crowds more fulfilling.
If for no other reason than the up-close-and-personal circumstances of AAA, AA and A League parks, in such sharp contrast with MLB's oh-so-necessary sequestering of the players from the fans.
I say this because in my own experience, several of my dozen or so commercial newstalk radio gigs 1989=2013 were in small or medium markets, and the vastly greater professional and creative freedom those stations afforded me in some ways more than made up for lacking the tens of thousands of listeners I was fortunate to play to whilst in talk radio's major leagues in Detroit and Seattle. (That, plus the HUGE factor of avoiding the cancelled-for-one-boneheaded-comment atmosphere at every 50,000-watt outlet, in the industry known as "heritage" stations.)
Oh, and for similar reasons I always coveted the late-night and overnight slots at every station. EVERY other host I worked with or knew over my career told me that was stupid--and if I was on the air because it was the easiest way for me to make six figures, they would have been correct. But to be able do my (always-standing, ever-animated) broadcast schtick with just about no one else in the radio station, and to have FAR more flexibility re spots and other incidentals--as opposed to the drive-time hosts constantly throwing to the traffic copter, news, ski reports, et al.--made those off-hours times-slots seem like gold to me, no matter how many fewer listeners were drawn after dark.
Never mind that, thanks to nighttime-cooled-ionosphere reflection of AM signals, I had 38-states/9-provinces coverage at WJR/Detroit, while [old*] KIRO/Seattle's overnight signal some nights reached northern California, southern Alaska and the Dakotas and Manitoba to the east. Sure, the distant signals were usually pretty scratchy--though my mom often reported a third of the nights my Detroit show at 760 kHz came in loud and clear down for her down in St. Louis, especially on her car radio--but I figured EVERY ONE of those out-of-state listeners was a huge talk radio fan. Thus they were far more gratifying for me to play to than casual listeners, and when they'd phone in--sometimes just to alert me that the signal was reaching that far--it usually was clear they were fellow AM yak addicts. I'm betting the nearly-centenary catcher felt similarly about those watching him play behind the plate.
In a well-worn phrase, Mr. Carson and all, some wisely prefer being a big fish in a small pond.
* Prior to the Mormon Church--ugh--buying the station and moving KIRO to FM while converting its gargantuan 710 kHz signal to--even greater ugh!--sports talk.