Articles matching tag: MLB Commissioner

  1. Column: An MLB Pace-of-Play Idea With Universal AppealMarch 9, 2017

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has finally proposed an idea that every baseball fan can embrace: reducing commercial time during games. Since he became commissioner in 2014 Manfred has been on a crusade he has dubbed “pace-of-play,” which has been interpreted as a reduction in game times. To that end, in the past two years MLB has enacted a number of rules, including forcing players to remain in the batting box during their at bats - subject to exceptions - requiring pitchers to finish their warmup throws so they are ready to pitch immediately at the end of commercial breaks and encouraging umpires to enforce the strike zone. This year, intentional walks will no longer require the pitcher to throw four pitches wide of the strike zone. On a signal from the manager, the batter will automatically be awarded first base.

  2. Column: MLB Serves Up... SoftballFebruary 16, 2017

    As owner of the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics from 1960-80, Charles O. Finley had more creative ideas than all his fellow owners combined. He outfitted his teams in colorful uniforms and tried to convince his fellow owners to adopt orange baseballs and bases. Finley was roundly criticized by fans, media and players for confusing baseball with softball. Decades later, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is impersonating Finley. In an effort to speed up the game and save pitchers’ arms, MLB plans to test a rule change this season in the Minors that would place a runner on second base at the start of each extra inning. Different rules for extra innings are not without precedent. A similar rule has been used in international baseball for nearly a decade and will be implemented in the World Baseball Classic this spring. Putting a runner on second for extra innings has also been used in softball.

  3. Column: Cyber-attacks Exist In Sports TooFebruary 9, 2017

    Cyber-attacks have become all too common in the United States. Millions of Americans have been victims of identity theft after their personal information was accessed. The most frequent targets of criminals are databases of financial institutions, hospitals and retail outlets, although Ashley Madison also comes to mind. Unfortunately, the sports world is not immune from such illegal activity. Last week MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a decision in a hacking case involving the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros. St. Louis was ordered to forfeit two second round draft picks in this year’s draft, numbers 56 and 75 overall and pay $2 million to the Astros.

  4. Column: Commish Manfred Makes A StatementMarch 10, 2016

    The Times They Are a Changin’ Robert Zimmerman, a/k/a Bob Dylan When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Yankees’ reliever Aroldis Chapman he made a statement that resonated throughout the sports world. Chapman was suspended without pay for 30 games for violating Major League Baseball's new Joint Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse which had been negotiated with and agreed to by the players’ union. The suspension was unprecedented and it may be just the beginning of a crackdown on player misbehavior, or rather, to call it what it really is, criminal activity against another human being. Any time someone – anyone, not just an athlete – physically abuses another person it’s a crime.

  5. Column: Spring Training BeginsFebruary 22, 2015

    If “Play Ball” is the most pleasant sounding phrase in the English language, these four words aren’t far behind: “Pitchers and catchers report.” Last week, pitchers and catchers reported to the 30 Major League spring training complexes in Florida and Arizona. In the midst of one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, baseball fans have a welcome diversion. Instead of the consistently dreary and monotonous daily weather reports – more snow and cold on the way - we can now focus on cheery and optimistic reports emanating from the Grapefruit (FL) and Cactus (AZ) Leagues.

  6. Column: Intrigue Surrounding Selig SuccessorJuly 28, 2014

    The intrigue surrounding the search for Bud Selig’s successor shows that even successful individuals, usually a prerequisite to owning a Major League sports franchise, can be petty, selfish and subjective. Selig has held the title of baseball commissioner for 22 years, the second longest tenure of any of the sport’s commissioners. At 80 years old, he is determined to step down next January. Selig has been down this road twice before and each time has been persuaded to re-up for an additional term. While some owners have expressed a desire for a three-peat, the commissioner is adamant that this time he means what he says. To emphasize that point, in May he appointed a seven-person search committee and charged them with finding his replacement.