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Friday, March 29, 2019

Rob Manfred not too concerned with health of Atlantic League players

Rob Manfred was interviewed by Michael Kay at a public event yesterday and raised some eyebrows with several of his comments. Most of those were about labor and salaries and stuff and we may get to that later today. In the meantime, the most eyebrow-raising for me was his view on how cheaply he values the health of players in the independent leagues.

As you’re likely aware, Major League Baseball and the independent Atlantic League have entered into an agreement in which the Atlantic League will implement a number of rules changes which MLB is considering to see how they play out in real game situations. Basically, MLB is giving the Atlantic League some money in order to create a laboratory with the Atlantic League players as guinea pigs.

The most notable experiment will involve the pitchers’ mound. Specifically, the pitching rubber will be moved back two feet from 60’6″ to 62’6″. The idea: today’s high-velocity pitchers need a bit of a handicap, and perhaps doing this will cut down on strikeouts and increase offense. The concern, though, is that pitchers will try to compensate for this by trying to throw harder or by altering their pitching mechanics in order to change when and where balls break and slide and stuff. It may be an even bigger concern in the Atlantic League, where pitchers are already trying to work extra hard with, perhaps, lesser skills, in order to impress someone enough to get a contract in affiliated baseball.

Mind you, can we really be surprised by this news at all?

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: atlantic league, manfred is thinking about it, rob manfred

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Baseball Cop - Eddie Dominquez exposes trafficking, theft, fraud, and gambling in the major leagues

“Details the shocking revelations [Dominguez] discovered as a Resident Security Agent for the Red Sox and as a member of baseball’s Department of Investigations—gambling, age and identity fraud, human trafficking, doping, domestic violence and disturbing cover-ups at the top of baseball’s hierarchy.”―New York Daily News


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Rob Manfred still thinks other factors contributed to rise in homers

In 2017, analysts began asking questions about the rise in home runs across baseball. Two studies were published — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchell Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by Rob Arthur for FiveThirtyEight — with each concluding that baseballs seem to have been altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred was disingenuous speaking about the issue, releasing a statement in July 2017 and then speaking about it to the press during the postseason in October that year. Manfred reiterated that the baseball wasn’t changed, then disingenuously claimed players, fans, and analysts were being distracted by Game 2 of the World Series, which saw the Astros and Dodgers combine to hit eight home runs. Then-Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel said the next day, “Obviously, the balls are juiced. I think they’re juiced 100 percent.” Keuchel joined fellow pitchers Justin Verlander, David Price, Brad Ziegler, Jerry Blevins, and Chris Archer among those to have spoken publicly about feeling a difference with the baseball.

MLB commissioned its own study — published on May 24, 2018 — on the rise of homers across the league. The executive summary concluded that the rise in home runs is attributable to “a decrease in the ball’s drag properties, which cause it to carry further than previously, given the same set of initial conditions—exit velocity, launch and spray angle, and spin.” Manfred acknowledged the study, saying, “I thank the committee for all of its hard work on this important issue. Based on the results of their study, I am accepting their recommendations immediately and look forward to their continued guidance in this area.”

Of course, wait just a few minutes, and Manfred will change his mind again.

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseballs, homers, manfred is thinking about it, rob manfred

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Players’ union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.

Top free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned with spring training under way, creating tension during negotiations on management’s proposals for a pitch clock and new limitations on relief pitchers. The union responded with a wider list of plans that include economic initiatives such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to make rebuilding less appealing.

“Markets change,” Manfred said Sunday. “We’ve had a lot of change in the game. People think about players differently. They analyze players differently. They negotiate differently.”

Tony Clark, as we all know, is an expert on the subject of things that get a large amount of money that they don’t deserve….

 

 

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, rob manfred, ticket prices, tony clark

Monday, February 18, 2019

Rob Manfred blames Bryce Harper for going unsigned

Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with the media today. Naturally, he was asked various questions about the landscape of the sport, given that superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain unsigned as spring training begins. Per The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Manfred said that he thinks the free agent market will begin to move once spring training exhibition games begin. Manfred also said that Harper’s camp suggesting that he wants $400 million back in 2016 was “an impediment” to discussions throughout the offseason.

No word on why Machado is also as yet unsigned, as he did not have a reported $400 million ask.

Is it just me, or is this sort of talk something that can only cause Manfred problems later, as opposed to simply stating it’s a matter between teams and players and not offering any more thoughts on the matter?

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, rob manfred

 

 

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