Have you gotten to know Rob Manfred yet?
After the 2014 MLB season, the 55-year old Harvard Law graduate will have the game resting in his hands. Now we speculate on some of the major changes he brings to the game during his tenure.
According to My Top Sportsbooks, here are the odds on some of the changes Manfred could implement:
• All-Star Game no longer determines home field for World Series
• More Playoff Teams Added
• Playoff teams taken away
• Season is shortened
• Ties established for the regular season
• Teams are contracted
• Teams added in Mexico/Puerto Rico/etc.
• DH in both leagues
• DH is abolished
• Labor Peace ends with Strike
• Labor Peace Ends with Lockout
• Labor Peace continues
• PED policy altered
• Pitch Clock Instituted
• Instant Replay expanded
• Salary Cap instituted
• No commercials during pitching changes
• No warm up pitches after entering from bullpen
• Abolish chewing tobacco
Of these, if we were forced to pick two that were most likely; it would be that chewing tobacco is abolished. And we can see this happening soon, with the wake of Tony Gwynn’s death and Curt Schilling’s admission that tobacco caused his cancer battle.
Some of the stuff listed there is absolutely horrible. Shortening a season or abolishing the DH; these are wholesale changes that we want NOTHING to do with. Still, the best odds of all are that something not even listed here ends up being part of Manfred’s vision with baseball’s future.