MLB League Notes: Manfred Key To Decision On Record HRs
YAHOO SPORTS' Hannah Keyser wrote the next step in how MLB will handle home runs being hit at a record pace will "have to be" intentional, "regardless of whether what has happened thus far was." MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision on that will "tell us more about how the league feels about all these home runs than anything anyone has said on the subject." What Manfred is saying is that "although you should not hold him accountable for the variability of the ball in the past, going forward MLB will have the level of quality control necessary to sign off on exactly how the ball flies each season." Keyser: "No mysteries, no excuses." Manfred "can't make everyone in and around baseball happy, but he is going to have to do something about the baseball" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/11).
TAKES TWO TO TANGO: ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said MLB "recognized a long time ago they needed to do something" to better market its young star players, but the players "said we don't give a damn about it." Smith: "That's their problem." ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "If (MLBPA Exec Dir) Tony Clark has a problem with this, Tony Clark, do your job. You're the head of the Players Association, make the players do this." Kornheiser added, "(Angels CF) Mike Trout's the greatest player in the world and nobody knows what Mike Trout looks like" ("PTI," ESPN, 7/10).
INTERNATIONAL PASTIME? Manfred said of the recent Yankees-Red Sox London Series, "We love London." He added, "We're excited to go back next year, and we will be going back there I hope on a sustained basis, but we don't want to just be in London. We are looking at other places in Europe, I can't tell you exactly where yet, but we think we need to be broader than just London and are going to be looking at different locations" ("Intentional Talk," MLB Network, 7/9).