Rob Manfred Newsbeat
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?
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Keep the trade deadline where it is.
Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks baseball may need to consider moving the trade deadline back to give teams in the hunt for a wild card more time.
A second wild card in each league was added in 2012, keeping more teams in playoff contention long past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And those clubs may not have enough time to evaluate whether their rosters are good enough to get one.
“I think that the July 31st deadline is something that we may want to revisit in the context of the revised playoff format,” Manfred said Wednesday. “Obviously when you have two additional opportunities to be in the playoffs, you have more teams in the hunt and they may want to wait a little longer before they make decisions.”
“On the other hand, you’ve got to remember, we want teams that the core of which have been together for the year playing in the postseason,” he said. “So you have to just balance those two issues, I think.”
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, each said Tuesday that the topic would be heavily discussed in negotiations for their next collective bargaining agreement, which expires in December 2016.
“In looking back from the time I played to now that I’m watching what these guys are doing, I don’t know how they do it,” Clark said. “What these guys are being asked to do with respect to games’ start times, with respect to the travel distances themselves, with respect to performing at an elite level with three days off a month, is a challenge.
“I think that’s why as we continue to move forward here, and guys continue to be asked to do more and more, it’s something that we have to look at significantly.
“We’re at a point in time where perhaps there are any number of things that guys are being asked to do that’s directly affecting the way they play. And that’s not beneficial for anybody.”
The schedule has never been more demanding on players. Teams are playing more night games than at any other time in history. Teams, even on getaway days, usually don’t get to their hotel until 2 or 3 in the morning, and after a few hours of sleep they are back on the field.
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