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SBD/January 17, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Manfred Not Worried About MLB's Relationship With Union After "60 Minutes" Report
Published January 17, 2014
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TALKS ON COLLISIONS CONTINUE: While MLB did approve changes to the instant replay format, a desired ban on home plate collisions remains incomplete. MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations Joe Torre said MLB is still drafting potential rule language regarding a collision ban, and negotiations with the MLBPA on the topic continue. “We are writing a rule. It’s not finished being written because it’s not easy,” Torre said. “But in essence we’re going to just make sure that the baserunner can’t just purposely bowl somebody over.” Manfred said a deal with the union is anticipated in time for Opening Day. “We fully expect we’re going to make an agreement,” he said. “We are still in the process.”
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: Selig on Thursday noted he is looking ahead to his last year in office. “I have a lot of things to get done before Jan. 24 of next year,” he said. “It’s full speed ahead. Everybody’s excited about the season. That’s always my No. 1 concern, but I do have a lot of things hopefully I can get done.”