Rob Manfred Newsbeat
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.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Come, Bob Watson, come! The game is afoot!
As if blacks and Latinos don’t have enough difficulty getting managerial jobs, the Counsell and Jennings hirings show how much more difficult it is.
Manfred underlined that reality in a memo he sent to all clubs earlier this month.
“In those instances when a qualified internal candidate is under prime consideration to fill one of these positions, I will be open to communicating with Clubs about the possibility of allowing a different interview process,” Manfred wrote in his May 3 memo on “interview process for key baseball positions.”
Manfred’s intentions were honorable, but he might have unwittingly reminded the clubs how they could avoid the minority interview requirement. Manfred issued his memorandum the day before the Brewers named Counsell, knowing they were doing that and wanting to reiterate the interview policy.
But he also highlighted another aspect of minority hiring.
Taking the five positions Selig initially identified and Manfred cited as falling under the policy, I found a total of 177 people in those jobs. How many are blacks or Latinos? I found nine.
That’s five percent, not a very large pool of potential candidates. [...]
Here is the memo, a copy of which I obtained this week:
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 12:14 PM | 17 comment(s)
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Baseball is great! Let’s have less of it!
“Players have asked about 154,” Manfred said, via MLB.com. “I think 154 is a topic that is complicated. It has big competitive and economic ramifications. Having said that, I think in the 20-something years I’ve worked in the game, there’s more conversation about it than there has been in a long time.”
It has been more than 50 years since baseball switched to a 162-game schedule, and one of the points of debate back in the 1960s likely would resurface quickly if there was a serious move to turn back the clock: statistical integrity. Baseball loves its records, and just as many were upset about the impact adding eight games to the schedule would have on Babe Ruth’s home run records, many (now armed with social media) probably would be similarly affronted by going the other way.
The most important roadblock, though, would figure to come from those who pay Manfred’s salary — the owners. Dropping eight games overall means dropping four home dates for each team, and that’s a decent chunk of change. Not that any owner can claim poverty, particularly given the state of television rights deals these days, but owners aren’t generally in the business of finding ways to give away revenue.
Monday, May 04, 2015
I didn’t know Ken Rosenthal was this funny.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
What are the odds?
Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.
Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.
Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose’s role at the July 14 game will come from Reds owner Bob Castellini.
“I’ve agreed with Mr. Castellini that we’re going to have a conversation about what specific kind of participation the Reds are interested in, and we have not had that conversation yet,” Manfred said Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. “You can rest assured that he will about allowed to participate in some of the activities.”
MLB permitted Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement at Atlanta’s Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and a Reds ceremony in 2013 honoring their 1975 and ‘76 championship teams.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Who do you think got em?
MLB officials have begun issuing written warnings to several players who have violated the league’s new pace of game rules.
MLB spokesman Mike Teevan told Perform Media on Wednesday night that fines for violating the rules would begin May 1, but players would have a “grace period” during the first month of games.
“We’re working with the players on this and want to use April to educate them,” Teevan said.
The Associated Press reported that at least 10 letters have been sent, but Teevan would not confirm that number when reached Wednesday night.
The new rules, most notably requiring batters to keep one foot in the batter’s box, are designed to quicken the pace of games, which had an average time of 3 hours, 7 minutes last year.
Friday, April 03, 2015
WSJ: You’ve discussed how important technology is to reach young fans. When will a 15-year-old in New York be able to watch a Yankees game on his phone?
Manfred: The best way to answer that question is to say the better part of my workday today was consumed by the topic of in-market streaming. It is particularly complicated in the context of a media market that is changing so quickly, but I do believe we will get a solution on in-market streaming in the relatively near future.
WSJ: Sometime this year?
Manfred: I hope so. I’d like to believe there will be games streamed at some point this year….
WSJ: Last year, MLB issued a set of guidelines for youth pitchers to try to address the root of pitching injuries, which continue to pile up. What’s next on the pitching-injury front?
Manfred: We are doing an in-depth study covering all the pitchers in six organizations, all the way up and down. It includes biomechanics, use, medical history, to try to determine what factors [cause injuries]. Is it the way people deliver? Is it a biomechanical issue that makes you more prone? Is it something in the anatomy that creates a predilection? Your basic scientific approach to figuring out what we’re seeing.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
New Commissioner Rob Manfred, who visited Indians players Tuesday morning, said the situation has convinced him for the need of a worldwide draft. Manfred talked about that and several other subjects Tuesday.
Manfred believes MLB leveled the playing field regarding the amateur draft in the last negotiations with the players association when a slotting system was introduced for the first 10 rounds of the draft.
“It re-established the principal purpose of the draft, in that the weakest team had the ability to get the best talent at an affordable price,” said Manfred. “Frankly, we thought we made progress on the international side in terms of caps and penalties we put in place.
“Two years into the deal we felt pretty good about where we were. So what happened?”
The thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba happened.
“With the relaxation that’s taken place with respect of Cuban players it has put a stress test on that international system,” said Manfred. “Frankly, it’s proved wanting. I am of the view that at some point, for the good of the game, for the good of competitive balance, we are going to have an international draft.”
Monday, March 16, 2015
What are the odds?
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he has received a formal request from Pete Rose asking that his lifetime ban be lifted and that he will consider the all-time hits leader’s request “on its merits.”
“I want to make sure I understand all of the details of the Dowd Report and Commissioner [Bart] Giamatti’s decision and the agreement that was ultimately reached,” Manfred said after a meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers players in Arizona on Monday morning. “I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision once I’ve done that.”
Rose’s previous efforts to gain leniency from commissioners Fay Vincent and Bud Selig were never considered.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Baseball is more popular than ever. Let’s have less of it.
In his first days as Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred has been open to considering making changes to help make the sport more marketable.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said he’d be willing to consider a shorter, 154-game season if there was enough interest for it.
Proving that nothing is off the table, Manfred said Monday that he would entertain shortening the regular season if there was interest in doing so.
“I don’t think length of season is a topic that can’t ever be discussed,” Manfred told ESPN.com. “I don’t think it would be impossible to go back to 154 [games].”
Manfred said discussion of season length is not at the top of his mind, adding that insiders he talks to don’t think having a season of 162 games is something that needs to be dealt with anytime soon. Manfred said concerns over the pace of the game are taking the priority. Last week, MLB implemented new rules for the upcoming season that seek to reduce the average time of a game, which clocked in at 3 hours, 2 minutes in 2014.
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