Since Rob Manfred became Commissioner of Baseball two years ago, pace of play has been one of his major focus points. He thinks that games are too long, and shortening them would help appeal to younger viewers. Manfred has talked about pace of play a lot, most recently on MLB Network on Friday morning. The MLB Network Twitter account tweeted a short video of his segment, and he names a few ways that pace of play could be improved.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 20, 2017
Here’s what he said:
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“I think when you think about changes, right, there’s sort of a continuum. There’s things that move the game along without changing the competitive posture. Things like keeping your foot in the box, maybe fewer warmup pitches for a relief pitcher, sending a guy to first base as opposed to throwing — it doesn’t change the competition.