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SBD/February 17, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Manfred Defends Pace-Of-Game Ideas, Says Extra Innings Runner Won't Come To MLB
Published February 17, 2017
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PACE DIFFERENT FROM ACTUAL TIME: Manfred reiterated on Thursday there is "nothing about baseball that needs to be fixed." Manfred said that "reducing the dead time" is "more important than games' overall length." Manfred: "A quicker pace is good for fans. What we want is a well-paced game with action regardless of time of game" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 2/17). He added, “We’ve never set a goal in terms of time of game, because time of game is really beyond your control. You can have a three-hour game with a lot of action in it that’s just fine. Our concern has always been pace of game. We're concerned about dead time in the game -- delays, pitchers who don't work quickly, batters getting out of the box. We're going to continue to work hard to eliminate that dead time.” He said the addition of a pitch clock is something many MLB officials "are very high on." Manfred: "It's not going to happen in 2017, but it provides a constant reminder to players of the need to move the game along” ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 2/17).
WILLING TO TRY NEW THINGS: In Boston, Evan Drellich writes Manfred "succeeds" in his "open-mindedness" towards rules changes. He is "willing to try new things, and talk about those matters publicly." Manfred should "think over everything." Drellich: "That’s his job. An occasional willingness to think out loud is a positive" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/17).