Rob Manfred has, in the short time he’s been the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, expressed his desire to speed up the game and bolster offensive production.
Games have been lasting longer, reaching an all-time high in average length in 2014. Offense has been on the decline. According to Fangraphs, the number of runs scored during the regular season dipped below 19,000 for the first time since 1995.
Up until this point however the commissioner’s ideas for improving offensive production have been, well, not exactly practical. Banning the defensive shift, for example, makes about as much sense as adding a pitch clock to the game.
Actually it makes even less sense. The players would be somehow bound by imaginary lines on the field and who’s to say or even know if they had crossed them or not, without literally drawing lines on the field for defenders to remain in.
While the idea of making so many changes to the game leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many baseball fans, Commissioner Manfred’s latest idea makes a bit more sense. He would like to decrease the size of the strike zone.
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