MLB to drop recent rule changes; need any new ones to actually work this time


Rob Manfred might set his sights on the shift.
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Main League Baseball is switching issues up once more after only one yr.

Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned Tuesday that beginning further innings with runners on base and seven-inning doubleheaders are toast after this primary yr of implementation — and that limiting or banning the defensive shift might restore baseball to its historic roots.

Manfred made the feedback whereas talking to the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America earlier than the All-Star Sport:

“I’m hopeful with out going into the specifics of rule by rule, that we are going to have productive conversations with the MLBPA about — I need to use my phrases — non-radical adjustments to the sport that may restore it to being performed in a manner that’s nearer to I feel what many people get pleasure from traditionally.

“Keep in mind, the sport evolves, proper? What we play at the moment don’t look all that very like 1971. And the query is, which model would you wish to get to?”

Now admittedly I’m not a seamhead, I’m as informal of a baseball fan as you may get. I need to get into the game extra, however the way in which the sport is constructed holistically simply doesn’t permit me to take action. I actually get bored manner too simply watching a sport. And it’s been like that ceaselessly.

And now, after baseball lastly carried out some attention-grabbing adjustments to make video games go sooner and add just a little extra pleasure, they’re abandoning the trouble after just one season. On prime of that Manfred appears hell-bent on getting rid of the shift and returning baseball to much more predictability. Does that basically make sense?

“Let’s simply say you regulated the shift by requiring two infielders either side of second base. What does that do? It makes the sport seem like what it regarded like once I was 12 years previous,” he mentioned. “It’s not change. It’s type of restoration, proper? That’s why individuals are in favor of it. They usually do consider, I feel entrance workplaces usually consider it might have a constructive impact on the play of the sport.”

I’m unsure ALL of those adjustments can be constructive. Some would, however others would simply depart me on the surface wanting in once more. Once I was 12, I might have cared much less in regards to the sport, it didn’t maintain my consideration. (And don’t assume the league doesn’t understand it has an issue attracting youthful followers.) Now as an grownup, I’m looking for my strategy to the game however the sport simply retains making it more durable for me.

And “non-radical” options hardly appear to be what’s wanted to show that round.


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