As it stated in The fact that Manfred pulled this naked power play tells you how bad the talks have been toward modernizing the game.
Two days after union chief Tony Clark said he saw no need for any substantive rules changes, Manfred finally had enough of the union’s full-on blockade of attempts to modernize the game.
Short an agreement, MLB is likely to impose the rules changes in December for the 2018 season.
Only six runs were scored—none in the last three innings, when 44% of the hitters failed to put the ball in play.
As velocity and bullpen usage goes up, we get more pitching changes, fewer balls in play, more strikeouts and fewer comebacks.
as mentioned in Major League Baseball’s softening stance on sports gambling may one day open the door to an untapped market long considered taboo: Las Vegas.
The progressive remarks are in stark contrast to predecessor Bud Selig, who said four years ago MLB would “never have a franchise in Las Vegas.”
“I don’t think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city.”
MORE: MLB gets it wrong again with change to intentional walk rule”Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference Tuesday in Phoenix, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Commissioner Rob Manfred is at least open to the idea, a departure from baseball’s longstanding efforts to distance itself from the betting world.
Four veteran MLB umpires retire; Rob Manfred isn’t ready to bring in robots to call balls & strikes
as mentioned in Four longtime Major League Umpires – Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce and Tim Welke – have retired.
It was announced on Tuesday that veteran Major League Baseball umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke are retiring before the 2017 season.
This specifically includes Jim Joyce.
tl;dr version: The tech isn’t close to ready yet, and even if it were, he’s not sold.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 21, 2017After that news was announced, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was asked about his feelings on the league going to an electronic strike zone:Here are Rob Manfred’s thoughts on robot umpires.
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