FORT MYERS Fla. — Baseball, our timeless national pastime, has a time problem. A rash of rule changes announced last week by Major League Baseball included several intended to keep things moving. The most controversial: Beginning in 2020, relief pitchers must face at least three batters unless the side is retired or an injury occurs. It’s a dramatic attempt to reduce relentless mid-inning pitching changes that crept into the game in recent years. That’s not the main reason games take well over three hours — we’ll get to that in a moment — but it doesn’t help. Too often we’ve seen managers use four relievers to get three outs in the seventh inning with a four-run lead, bringing the proceedings to a halt and sending sleepy moms, dads and their children staggering for the exits. To many of us, pulling a reliever who retired a batter on one or two pitches seemed a waste of manpower. Why take out a guy who’s doing his job? We applaud … [Read more...] about Will Major League Baseball’s rule changes actually do anything to speed up the game?
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Bobby Nightengale Cincinnati Enquirer Published 3:01 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 GOODYEAR, Ariz. – There will be one trade deadline, a new way to vote for All-Star teams and perhaps more player interest in the home run derby this season. Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced several rule changes, including a few that are effective this season. The trade deadline will remain on July 31, but August trade waivers will be eliminated. It could have a big impact on the Reds who have eight players in the final year of their contracts: Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Scooter Gennett, Alex Wood, Tanner Roark, David Hernandez, Jared Hughes and Zach Duke. Hughes has a $3 million club option for the 2020 season. “What is fascinating is that even the smallest rule change, I don't think you can ever fully grasp all of the consequences,” said Dick Williams, the Reds’ president of baseball operations. “At the end of the day, you take the approach that … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Reds ready to adapt to new Major League Baseball rule changes
In this March 5, 2018, file photo, Colorado Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu bats during a spring baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, in Scottsdale. Major League Baseball is seeking an exemption of baseball players from Arizona’s minimum wage law at the Legislature. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) As pitchers and catchers prep to report for spring training in February, Major League Baseball is trying to convince Arizona lawmakers to exempt minor league ballplayers from the state’s minimum wage law. The legislative maneuver mirrors the league’s lobbying effort at the federal level, where in 2018 Congress passed the Save America’s Pastime Act as part of a budget bill. That law exempts baseball players on minor league contracts from the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires employees to be paid the federal minimum wage and overtime pay. Garrett Broshuis, a St. Louis-based attorney and former minor league player, said that law doesn’t preempt state law from … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball wants players exempt from minimum wage law
HAVANA >> Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. ASSOCIATED PRESS Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig is among the most prominent Cuban players in Major League Baseball. A new deal between MLB, the baseball union and the Cuban Baseball Federation may mean more of his countrymen will be joining him soon. HAVANA >> Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement, which runs through Oct. 31, 2021, allows Cubans to sign under rules similar to those for players under contract … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball makes deal to allow Cubans to play without defecting
MGM Resorts International has signed a deal to become the official gaming and entertainment partner of Major League Baseball. The company and the MLB announced the agreement on Nov. 27. The partnership will include MGM gaming promotions across MLB digital and broadcast platforms. MGM will also gain access to MLB's "enhanced statistics" for use in its sports betting operations, which are expanding following the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of the federal ban on sports betting last year. "We are excited to enter into this historic partnership with MLB. We are thrilled to create a new one-of-a-kind fan experience for baseball fans," MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said in a statement. "Combining MGM Resorts' world class entertainment and technology with MLB data will continue to transform a rapidly changing industry." MGM has already signed similar partnership deals with the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League. MGM currently offers sports betting in New … [Read more...] about MGM becomes official gaming partner of Major League Baseball as sports betting expands