Maybe I was asking too much of the new commissioner:
Rob "Bud Light" Manfred, the A-Rod slayer, show me something NOT timid, unimaginative or morally questionable. Sunday, February 1, 2015
Here are two simple things, not too radical, that Rob "Bud Light" Manfred can easily implement this season to speed up the pace of play; one impacts pitchers, the other batters.
1. Enforce this:
Selig refuses to enforce existing 12 second rule between pitches! Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Allan Huber "Bud" Selig should suspend himself 211 games and self flagellate indefinitely.
2. Order, yes, order, the umpires to not grant time out to a batter for any reason.
Do I mean just order the umpires to enforce one rule on pitchers and follow a new policy on batters? Yes. Without getting permission from the umpires union? Yes. Without asking for permission from the players union? Yes.
Manfred had no problem prosecuting players in 2013 even though they had not failed a drug test. Manfred did not ask for permission then. OK, the head of the players union was dieing and not doing his job but Manfred did not show any hesitation. He paid for stolen documents to incriminate. What I am recommending is obviously good for baseball, so why would Manfred hesitate?
The real problem is that Manfred will never think of something so sensible on his own. His staff will not. On Manfred's MLB Network his direct employees will never suggest it, nor will his co opted media guests. They're all too busy focusing on ineffective timid junk and lame consensus building. Screw that! Get radical!
Tell him. Supposedly, Manfred wants to listen to the fans. So, let's tell him. Hey, Manfred, do this! Wake the heck up! Snap out of your Selig induced trance. Show some leadership and not just for the billionaire owners to make even more money.
Bud Selig's legacy: he let baseball devolve into an unwatchable mess. Thursday, January 15, 2015
Manfred has got to reverse this. It's probably already too late but Manfred has got to at least try. Manfred, you've got to try. Baseball will die on your watch and you'll be blamed unless you take radical action now. Now!