Rob Manfred Expresses Potential Ideas Focused On Improving MLB

Rob Manfred

Rob Manfred, who is in his first season as the commissioner of the MLB, has made more than a few changes since the beginning of the season.

However, Manfred is not yet done with his changes, stating that replay review could see more changes via Bill Shalkin of the LA Times:

While this new advancement is expected to happen soon, reviewing balls and strikes will remain non-reviewable:

This season, Manfred implemented a clock between innings to speed up the warm-ups and also put a limit on how long a team has to officially challenge a call, which has sped up the game quite a bit:

This time decrease is from last years average of 3:02 which means games average about 2:53. These rule changes have been attempts to clean up the dead time in the game as well as gaining more viewers in a now fast-paced world.

However, Manfred has bigger ideas to make the season more competitive, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today:

This revision could perhaps indicate a change in either the Wild Card and/or Divisional Series. Being that playoffs can give teams an extra 20%+ of revenue, according to, this would make up for less regular season games.

Although these ideas can benefit the game of baseball, it may be more than a few years before they are implemented.


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