Who knows, in a few years the teams could be playing 8-inning games with five bases and pitcher’s mound is poison. Granted these rule changes are highly unlikely but here’s a look at a few that could be on the table during Manfred’s tenure in office.
• 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 tabacco
A whole other question is whether Pete Rose will be invited to partake at the 2015 All-Star Game, which will be held at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. Invariably, Selig is known for two things during his tenure, the steroid era and the banishment of Charlie Hustle.
While he cleaned up the former, the latter remains a noose around his two decades as commissioner, which brings up the question whether Selig will act on Rose’s suspension from baseball or let Manfred clean up the mess.
Similar to an outgoing president issuing pardons, could Selig view an olive branch to Rose as cleaning up his legacy? For sentimental reasons, it could happen but odds are the hard-nosed Selig doesn’t wince leaving office.
• Pete Rose reinstated by Rob Manfred
• Pete Rose reinstated by Bud Selig