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Manfred Considering Removing Defensive Shifts in Baseball

It definitely did not take long for new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to strike up some conversation and controversy in the world of baseball. In an recent interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Manfred was asked about some things he’d be open to changing in baseball. Defensive shifts was among the ideas that has opened some eyes and ears in the last 24 hours. Here is a little bit of what Rob Manfred said when being asked about possible changes:

“For example,” Manfred volunteered, “things like eliminating shifts, I would be open to those sorts of ideas.”

At one point, Manfred said he’s entertaining the thought of “injecting additional offense in the game.” This is coming off a season where MLB saw its teams average 4.07 runs per game, which is the lowest for an entire season since 1976. Sure, that number may not seem like a lot but when you play a 162-game schedule, it makes all the difference in the world. There have been a few people to say the least that have chimed in with their opinions about Manfred’s idea of banning defensive shifts:

While it is a topic that will get every baseball follower talking, what exactly are the positives and negatives. Good: It would indeed increase total offensive numbers in the sport. Bad: It takes away the strategy for some teams. Good: Could encourage some “flashier” plays. Bad: Could cost some teams some wins and runs scored throughout the season. Good: Keeps the sport traditional and balanced. Bad:Causes some GM’s and managers to remove Sabremetrics approach to coaching.

I would not be totally against the idea in my opinion. My problem with all of this is Manfred using the word “inject” and “baseball” in the same sentence…..What exactly did you want to inject more of, commish?

What do you think?

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