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Rob Manfred defends speed-of-play ideas

Rob Manfred defends speed-of-play ideas

The baseball commissioner sees a few quick tweeks that will make the game go quicker.

The national pastime doesn't need fixing, commissioner Rob Manfred said.

How about a tweak or two? Or specifically, a few ticks faster when it comes to pace of play?

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Manfred is cool with many of the proposals out there aimed at speeding up the game.

According to ESPN, Manfred is in favor of raising the strike zone (top of the knee would be the bottom of the zone), eliminating intentional walks and putting time limits on elements of instant replay.

Manfred also offered tepid support for starting extra innings with a runner on second base as an experiment in the minor leagues, but told ESPN that while "we don't expect to ever apply [that] at the major league level, we may learn something that would be helpful moving forward."

The commissioner clearly favors subtle change in order to shorten games, but it's likely baseball will remain comparatively long form for the foreseeable future.



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