Major League Baseball Eliminates One of Its Most Annoying Rules

Kipnis mentioned times in which he was being intentionally walked and the intentional walk went awry.

Manfred wants to implement a pitch clock, limit mound visits and change the strike zone in 2018, and if the union won't agree to the changes next year, he said the new labor agreement empowers Major League Baseball to apply the changes without union approval.

Though Manfred complained earlier this week that the players were being uncooperative, Clark said Thursday that it's not a case of the union being stubborn. Bob Nightengale of USA Today quotes a number of frustrated big-leaguers - Jonathan Lucroy, Cole Hamels, and Jimmy Rollins among them. "It'd be quicker. I'm just wondering, at what point do we just keep the game, the game?" It won't be recognizable.

Manfred, his plans for baseball nefarious as they may be, did something smart when it came for his insistence to change the game up. "I'm certain our job as stewards of the game is to be responsive to fans, and I reject the notion that we can educate fans to embrace the game as it's now been played".

While the average intentional walk is just over thirty seconds long, this is a good move for the sport of baseball. In any event, we have loggerheads.

Manfred made it clear that he still wants to receive the union's approval, and they will continue to negotiate during the season.

"As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes", union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. Still, Manfred wants more.

Reaction from players was understated, but generally opposed to the change. The chief driver is the high rate of strikeouts. Something that will take, at most probably, 45 seconds away from the game. Thankfully, the strike zone shrinkage idea did not gain much traction with the players.

By partnering with Facebook, MLB would get access to a young audience at a massive scale, consultants said. Apple was once said to be in the running to stream National Football League games, but nothing ever came to fruition there.

Adults 55 and older are 11 percent more likely than the overall population to say they have a strong interest in baseball, whereas those in the 18-34 age group are 14 percent less likely to have such interest, a Nielsen study showed.

  • Julie Sanders