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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Discusses How To Speed Up Game

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Discusses How To Speed Up Game During TV Appearance On NESN

Major League Baseball has a pace of play problem. This problem has driven a good number of casual fans away from the game altogether. The commissioner’s office has made attempts as of late to try and combat the issue. But these attempts have done little to improve the pace of play issue.

On Wednesday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed questions surrounding a pitch clock, mound visits and the increased use of technology, while also expressing optimism that the two sides could reach an agreement.

“There’s actually a playing rule provision in the basic agreement as to how you change a playing rule,” Manfred said. “I’m hopeful that we’re gonna have some nice positive conversations about our ideas, some ideas I know Tony [Clark] and the players have and hopefully get a set of changes for next year that’ll help us a little bit on the pace of play.”

One possible solution involves equipping pitchers with ear pieces in order to reduce the number of mound visits, something Manfred supports.

“Some of those things in terms of using technology, are worth thinking about,” Manfred said. “In terms of not changing the game, still giving the manager the ability to communicate, but moving things along.”

When asked whether giving umpires mics to better communicate what happens during replays, he sounded a bit hesitant.

“I think it would be fan friendly on the one hand,” Manfred said. “I think our hesitancy with it, it’s another delay in the game and obviously we’re trying to avoid those things.”

He stopped short of saying that he would like to see pitchers required to face more than one hitter, indicating that rule changes need to be careful not to mess with a game’s outcome.

“I’d like to get at the real dead-time issues first,” Manfred said.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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3 People Responsible for Losing the ALDS

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After experiencing an extremely disheartening loss, what is the most natural and most mature thing to do? Search for a scapegoat, of course. Why accept the reality of a bad situation? It’s much easier to deflect those negative feelings towards somebody or something else.

In an effort to alleviate the aching heart of Red Sox Nation, let’s examine the three individuals who are the most responsible for Boston’s defeat in the 2017 ALDS. After all, somebody must be to blame for this debacle! It certainly wasn’t the team as a collective entity, but singular players (or managers like John Farrell) who can be villainized for underperforming in the series.

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