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Monday, February 18, 2019

Rob Manfred: MLB will use pitch clock during spring training

Like it or not, a pitch clock is coming to an MLB spring training game near you.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters Sunday that the league would be making use of a pitch clock during spring training, though it will pretty much only be a cosmetic change as it won’t carry penalties.

This change comes as MLB officials reportedly push to use a pitch clock during the 2019 season in negotiations with the MLB Players Association, though it doesn’t mean an agreement has been reached either way.

“Like it or not”? Who, exactly, likes the do-si-do of pitchers and batters- Mike Hargrove?

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manfred is thinking about it, pitch clock, spring training

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Don’t look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June’s amateur draft.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by the players’ association are too complex to be put in place for this season.

Speaking Friday after an owners’ meeting, Manfred felt encouraged the union responded to management’s proposal for a pitch clock and a three-batter minimum for a relief pitcher unless an inning ends.

The Man of 1000 Ideas (None Of Them Any Good)

 

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, draft, manfred is thinking about it

Friday, January 25, 2019

Report: MLB considering rule change that could slow down the game’s hottest pitching trend

When Major League Baseball changed the 15-day disabled list to the 10-day disabled list in 2016, the idea was coming from a good place.

League officials and the players’ union were trying to make it easier for ailing players to actually go on the disabled list and not try to play through injuries. A 15-day stint felt too long sometimes. The 10-day DL fixed that.

What it also did, however, was give Major League Baseball teams — all of them getting smarter, all of them looking for any advantages — a new tactic to get an upper hand. DL stints rose by almost 200 annually since the new rules were put in place. At the same time, there were an additional 682 relief pitchers appearances last year alone, while the length of starts is going down.

Should this take place, I wonder what will occur as a result- the long-term trend has not been for reductions in either relievers or their usage.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dl, manfred is thinking about it, rule changes

Saturday, January 19, 2019

If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the idea, said it would continue to discuss the issue with its players along with “smaller items” related to proposed rules changes that were presented Monday.

MLB officials did not press for any rules changes regarding defensive shifts, which means shifts are likely to remain unchanged for 2019.

Baseball prefers to introduce any rules changes in time for spring training games. Unlike with the pitch clock, owners do not have the right to unilaterally implement changes to defensive shifts in 2019.

Unfortunately, since this is a good idea, Manfred is unlikely to enact it.

 

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: manfred is thinking about it, pitch clock, rule changes

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Banning defensive shifts would be lazy solution to non-existent problem for MLB

It’s that time of year again. That time when Major League Baseball says it’s prepared to make big changes to the way teams are allowed to play defense.

As always, the proposed changes center around defensive shifts, an analytics-based method that has influenced teams to change the positioning of its defenders in an effort to counter a batter’s tendencies. The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reported Wednesday that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is receiving “strong backing” from the league’s competition committee to try limiting the use of these shifts during MLB games.

Perhaps this year they’re really serious about it. The report adds that rules aimed at limiting defensive shifts could be put in place before opening day. Or maybe it’s just blowing more smoke to pacify those purists who remain against the idea of a third baseman playing in short right field. For now, we’ll assume it’s the latter. But since the commissioner is openly talking about it, we at least have to assume it’s still a primary discussion in league circles.

To that we say, why are they still wasting their time?

Some blunt commentary on a recent subject of argument.

QLE Posted: December 06, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, manfred is thinking about it, shifts

 

 

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