Rob Manfred Newsbeat
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Manfred told ESPN he was merely discussing the pros and cons of a possible change and did not mean to create the impression that NL clubs want to adopt the DH. He compared the reaction to his comments to the fallout a year ago when he discussed the possibility of eliminating defensive shifts as a hypothetical change that MLB might consider.
“When I talked about the defensive shifts, I let myself get into a situation where I speculated about a change I wasn’t serious about,” Manfred said. “I made the same mistake this time when I went back and forth on the pros and cons of the DH issue rather than saying what I’ve said all along—that I think we’re status quo on the DH, because it is the single most important feature that defines the differences between the two leagues.”
Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap.
“I’m not in a position to predict whether it’s going to happen or not,” Rob Manfred said during an interview with The Associated Press on Monday on his first anniversary as baseball commissioner. “I think that the interest in the topic is really driven by the fact that if you look over time there has been a movement down of the strike zone, largely as a result of the way we evaluate the strike zone with umpires.” Strike zone data was included in a presentation given to owners last week at their meeting in Coral Gables, Florida. An agreement with the players’ association would be necessary to make a change for this year, and baseball officials said the matter is likely to be discussed during collective bargaining, which would delay any change until 2017. The strike zone extended to the top of the kneecap through the 1995 season, then was dropped to its current level. [...]
Manfred said that when he spoke last week of a possible expansion of the designated hitter to the National League, he should have included an emphasis that change is not likely. “I think the status quo on the DH has served the industry the well,” he said. “I think it serves an important purpose in terms of defining the difference between the American League and the National League, and that league definition is important to us from a competitive perspective.”
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Chatter about the National League adopting the designated hitter has heated up, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday told reporters the issue could very well be addressed in the upcoming collective bargaining agreement that goes into effect in 2017.
The American League established the DH in 1973 and has since enjoyed advantages over the National League during interleague play regardless of which league hosts the game. American League teams are 23-19 in the World Series since the DH was born and have an all-time record of 2,565-2,299 in interleague play.
Goodbye, sweet prince.
Monday, December 14, 2015
It was a sucker’s bet.
Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, has decided not to lift the permanent ban imposed on Pete Rose more than a quarter-century ago, meaning the player with more hits than anyone else in the sport’s history will continue to be kept out of the Hall of Fame.
The decision by Mr. Manfred, who succeeded Bud Selig as commissioner last January, has not been publicly announced. But three people familiar with the decision, speaking on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a matter that was supposed to remain confidential, said that Mr. Manfred had made up his mind to keep the ban intact.
Mr. Manfred’s decision comes less than three months after he met with Mr. Rose, 74, at Major League Baseball’s headquarters on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
Friday, October 09, 2015
Time is a construct. Its ALWAYS OCTOBER
Major League Baseball’s attempt to speed up the pace of play shaved, on average, six minutes off the length of regular-season games. But don’t expect the time of games to drop well into the playoffs.
MLB has elected not to warn players for any pace-of-play violations for the postseason due to the importance of the games.
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Even as commercial breaks in the postseason have increased, certain pitchers in the wild-card games still weren’t ready to pitch within the recommended time frame.
For example, Pirates reliever Antonio Bastardo’s discussion with catcher Francisco Cervelli in Wednesday’s NL wild-card game lengthened the break between innings to nearly four minutes. But since it is the playoffs, MLB will look the other way.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
“We see Mexico as an opportunity internationally,” Manfred said. “We also think a team in Mexico and a larger number of Mexican players in the big leagues could really help us continue to grow the Hispanic market in the United States.”
Manfred also said that the choice of expansion locations in the U.S. would not be affected by clubs with regional networks that blanket the country.
“As a general proposition, I do not see the television territories for the clubs as a significant issue in considering expansion in domestic markets,” he said….
Asked if the number of game played for each team would be altered with expansion to 32, Manfred said he favored staying at 162 games and moving to four-team divisions. “From a technical perspective it would be easier to divide the schedule up by four. Having five teams in the divisions is problematic from a scheduling perspective.”
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
After word broke late Monday that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was considering reinstatement of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a letter sent to the president of the museum bearing his name shows that, Jackson will be remaining on the ineligible list, and with it, likely not be reinstated during Manfred’s tenure.
“The results of this work demonstrate to me that it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain enough to the truth to overrule Commissioner Landis’ determinations,” Manfred wrote.
Friday, August 21, 2015
The treatment and intervention part will include the creation of a Joint Policy Board which will be responsible for evaluating a player and supervising the treatment of a player if treatment is deemed appropriate. If the player does not adhere to a treatment program, he will be subject to discipline.
Discipline will not carry a minimum or maximum penalty, but rather the Commissioner can issue the discipline “he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct.” Discipline will not be contingent on whether the player pleads guilty or is found guilty of a crime. A player can appeal discipline to an arbitration panel. A team cannot discipline a player unless the Commissioner delegates that power to the team.
One small but potentially important part of this is that past discipline, or the lack thereof, for domestic violence cannot be used as a basis of appeal. Likely because there has been no past discipline in any real sense. As such, if Rob Manfred were to hand down a 100 game suspension or something for a first offense under this policy, the basis of the appeal can’t be “well, Milton Bradley didn’t get 100 games.” That should allow Manfred to set a strict discipline regime from the get-go now without worrying about being overturned.
Consolidating discipline with one authority who has full discretion works in the NFL, right?
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