Rob Manfred

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Despite stadium woes in Oakland, the commissioner has given people hope Some events from the past week may have pried open a very tiny crack in a very old and very stuck door, allowing a teeny tiny sliver of light to shine through as a glimmer of hope for fans of the Oakland Athletics. After 20 years of talking aimlessly about the team moving away or about getting a new stadium (one preferably NOT shared with a football team) there is finally a place to start that could potentially be in sight. It sounds far fetched doesn’t it? That fans […]

Oakland has reality-based hope for the future

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Chapman will not appeal suspension for domestic violence allegations The Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of acquiring Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman when a two-month-old story broke. How it had been kept quiet that long is really unfathomable in these days of social media and constant communication.  Apparently in October 2015 Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired off eight gun shots in his Florida home. No charges were brought against Chapman for the incident. Yet the incident was still considered serious by Commissioner Rob Manfred, especially under MLB’s new domestic violence policy as well as the increase […]

Chapman suspended 30 games for domestic violence

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The Oakland A’s will NOT be moving to San Jose, thanks to the Supreme Court It’s a situation that has been talked about for the last 15 years, the idea that the Oakland Athletics will move to San Jose – or anywhere else for that matter. Moving the Oakland Athletics has been the subject of conversation since 2001. For some reason no one can seem to figure it out. Former MLB commissioner Bug Selig said he would have a plan in place by the time of his retirement in January 2015, and new commissioner Rob Manfred has said that he is […]

Even Supreme Court thinks San Jose is bad for the ...

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Update: September 1, 2015 6:45 am PT It’s unfortunate, at least in my opinion, but “Shoeless” Joe Jackson will not be reinstated into Major League Baseball, despite the efforts of the curator of the Greenville, South Carolina museum dedicated to the memory of the famed ballplayer. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected the petition sent by curator Arlene Marcley in a letter that was retweeted by LA Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin. Manfred’s letter declining to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, courtesy of @HOVG: — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 1, 2015 Part of Manfred’s letter reads, “I have reviewed our records […]

Update: Manfred denies latest attempt to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson

According to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Pete Rose has submitted to him a formal request that his lifetime ban from baseball be lifted. Surprisingly Manfred, unlike his predecessors Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, has said he will consider it. Manfred is currently making his rounds, visiting each team at their spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona. Apparently, questions about Rose’s reinstatement have been a common theme among the questions he has been asked by current players. To read this post in its entirety you can head over to Baseball Hot Corner by using the link below: Pete […]

Pete Rose submits reinstatement request to Rob Manfred

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It’s well known, due to the creation of the Pace of Game Committee by former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, that the baseball executives want to encourage new and casual baseball fans to attend more ballgames.  It’s also well documented that current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is contemplating altering the strike zone in order to produce more offense in MLB games. More offense equals more attendance and more revenue as was witnessed, for example, during the 1998 home run record chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. ESPN’s Buster Olney writes about the number of injured starting pitchers this season and how […]

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Update: February 23, 2015 7:00pm PT I know I’m an entire weekend late on updating this post but I figured better late than never. Plus it gives me a chance to add another poll to the growing group of BBST’s Current Polls. So last I reported on the subject only a few of MLB’s new rules for governing the pace of play had been revealed, they are highlighted in the orginial text of this post below by Fox Sports’ insider Ken Rosenthal. On Friday morning, the league in agreement with the MLB Players’ Association (MLBPA), announced the first set of rules […]

MLB announces Pace of Play rule changes

Its an argument that has been going on since Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned baseball’s All-Time hits leader from the game for life. But now it has been over 25 years. It’s been long enough that it is time. It is time for Major League Baseball to forgive Pete Rose. It’s an argument that will always be there whether Rose is reinstated or not. This isn’t the first time anyone’s written about it. Hell, it is not even the first time that I have written about it!! I did a column on last year about this very debate. Obviously, my […]

Has it been long enough? Should MLB forgive Pete Rose?

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 […]

Manfred looking to alter the strike zone

Part Two: Rob Manfred & the questions that remain “My dream is for this sport to really have an international flavor,”  Bud Selig said Saturday during his half-hour interview with the Associated Press. “Does it need teams in other countries? … If one uses a lot of vision it could.” Here’s my problem with him potentially leaving Rob Manfred with this idea or this incredible task. How could it work? We can’t have teams and players that have play 162 games a season going overseas to play teams in other countries. Having the season open in Japan, Australia and other […]

My thoughts on Bud Selig’s retirement: Part Two

Part One: It just feels bizzare Bud Selig is in his final hours of being the commissioner of Major League Baseball, something he’s been for 22 1/2 years. That’s quite a long time. It must feel bizzare to him but the strange thing is that it feels absolutely bizzare to me as well. He’s the only commission I’ve ever really known. I was 11 years old when he took over for Fay Vincent in 1992. I’ve been a baseball fan since I was three or four but between four and 11 you are learning more about the game than the […]

My thoughts on Bud Selig’s retirement: Part 1

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It appears that Major League Baseball’s commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, who will take over for incumbent Commissioner Bud Selig in January, will be around for awhile. For at least five years Manfred will hold the office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.    Thursday Selig announced that the owners of all 30 MLB teams voted unanimously to give Manfred a five-year term. The announcement came at the end of two days of meetings of baseball’s owners in Kansas City. Selig will preside over his final owners’ meeting in Arizona in January. The yearly GM meetings took place earlier in the month […]

Rob Manfred given a 5-year term