Changes are coming to baseball, but fans deserve report why they … – Chicago Tribune

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced in May a reconstituted 16-member competition committee formed to address subjects such as the pace of game and roster sizes.

Baseball owners, managers, a couple of former players and executives, including Cubs President Theo Epstein, had conference calls to discuss the game’s most pressing issues, which now presumably includes the debate over whether expanded netting at ballparks should be mandatory instead of optional.

Obviously there have been no changes implemented this year, though everyone expects a pitch clock and a limit to mound visits, at the very least, in 2018.

We have heard nothing from the committee since the announcement, and it remains unknown as to whether MLB will release any information to the public when or if changes are made. It would be nice to have an analysis on the issues based on their findings, like former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell’s 409-page report on steroids in baseball in 2007, but that seems like wishful thinking.


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