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The DH isn't coming to the National League anytime soon…

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred quashed the hopes of those hoping the National League would adopt the designated hitter rule in the near future.

“I think the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are,” Manfred told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

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The beauty and ugliness of baseball

BaseballThe Opening Night curtain is about to go up on the 2015 Major League Baseball season, and we’ll have six months of pennant races, record chases and amazing achievements to enjoy.

For the first time in a generation, there is more excitement about the New York Mets than the New York Yankees. (For posterity, I will note that the Mets had the best record in the Grapefruit League this year at 19-12… since we are already sensibly forgetting about exhibition game wins and losses.)

And it’s a good thing that the games will be underway soon, because we badly need something to talk about besides the ugly stories that have dominated the baseball discussion for the past week.

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It’s the last day of the baseball season… who’s going to win it all?

baseballsThe 2014 Major League Baseball season began in the wee hours of the morning on March 22 as I watched Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.

It will come to an end tonight, probably around midnight, with either the Kansas City Royals or San Francisco Giants being crowned as World Series champions.

Except for last night’s blowout, the World Series has been fun to watch – a lot more than I expected. I’d still like to see Kansas City win, but I’m fine with either outcome… I’m just hoping for a game that will stay competitive until near the end.

Despite my occasional (ok,¬†frequent) frustrations with the New York Mets, I really enjoyed this baseball season… watching new¬†talent like Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Abreu, and George Springer take the stage, young players like Jose Altuve become stars, stars like Kershaw and Mike Trout continue to excel, and veterans like Derek Jeter, Paul Konerko and Bobby Abreu take their final bows… it’s been fun as well as an often-needed distraction from the real world.

Thank you to everyone who’s shared this season with me – whether we went to games together or just ‘talked’ online.

Once the final out is made tonight, we can all start the countdowns to spring training and Opening Day 2015.

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Tick-tock, MLB experiments with adding a clock

file8601272057817Major League Baseball seems serious about cutting back game times that seem to get longer each year. Today, the league announced a series of experimental measures aimed at reducing the amount of wasted time at the ballpark.

In this year’s Arizona Fall League games, “no-pitch” intentional walks will be implemented, batters will be required to stay in the batter’s box (unless time is granted or some other permitted circumstance occurs), pitchers will be on a clock, and teams will be limited to three “time outs” to conference at the pitcher’s mound.

A couple of those ideas are pretty similar to rules adopted by the independent Atlantic League this year.

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