We pause from Dodgers news for a post to bring you some interesting general baseball news. Equally important, it’s from Peter Gammons! Furthermore, it’s been a while since I have been able to reference Gammons as a news source in an article.
Growing up watching the guy every evening on Baseball Tonight, I was excited to see the tweet. That is until I read what the tweet was about. Now – according to Gammons – managers will need to first submit their lineups to the Commissioner’s Office in accordance with baseball’s gambling agreement.
Per MLB's gambling deal, managers have been told their daily lineups must 1st go to Commissioner's Office, not to PR, not to media. "I'm really bothered by this," one manager says. It's OK to not field he best team, for service time reasons, but lineups 1st must go to Vegas.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 6, 2019
Surely, this will ruffle some managerial feathers. From the Yahoo Sports article linked above:
Gammons quoted an unnamed manager who said about the new lineup rule, “I’m really bothered by this.”
First, let’s understand why this is. Indeed, it surrounds the almighty dollar. Las Vegas oddsmakers will now see the lineups before the media or any other eyes. This allows those oddsmakers to set the lines and adjust them most accurately before first pitch. Baseball is essentially shaking hands with Vegas to make this a win-win for each side.
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Furthermore, some are making the argument that this diminishes the on-field product in some way. While I think that this is a bit much for baseball to agree to – I fail to see how it changes the quality of games played in the future.
That said, what do you think? How could this impact strategy on either side in your eyes? Do you feel that this is a negative change for the game of baseball?
Let us know in the comments below!