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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Manfred interview: get kids to live for dead time.

Yesterday during the Yankee game at the Stadium, pretty new commissioner Rob Manfred, aka Manfred the A-Rod Slayer, was interviewed by the Yankee announcers.

Manfred seems smarter than his predecessor and benefactor Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, and I'm guessing that Manfred's comments are couched in organizational speak intended to offend no one and to preserve the basic support structure.

Manfred accepted compliments from the announcers on the length of games being shortened.  Manfred was clever enough to differentiate between overall length and pace of play.

Pace of play improvement policy abandoned? Sunday, May 3, 2015

Virtually every batter still delays after virtually pitch. 

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When asked about his biggest issue Manfred repeated getting young people interested in baseball in order to keep them as fans for their entire lives.

Why would young people, most of whom do not play baseball, become interested in watching pretty much every batter step out after pretty much every pitch?  There are about 300 pitches in each game and most are taken.  Play stops about three hundred times.  Who the heck finds that interesting or entertaining?  I'm already oriented towards baseball and have been watching for decades and I can hardly watch anymore.  Why would strangers to the game want to be subjected to this torture?  It's death by a thousand cuts.

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