Rob Manfred Named New MLB Commish – Odds on Changes

Now that Major League Baseball has named Rob Manfred to replace outgoing commissioner Bud Selig, who wasn’t the most liked or respected leader, the world is wondering what changes could be coming to baseball.

Now that Major League Baseball has named Rob Manfred to replace outgoing commissioner Bud Selig, who wasn’t the most liked or respected leader, the world is wondering what changes could be coming to baseball.

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
Odds: 10/1

More Playoff Teams Added
Odds: 25/1

Playoff teams taken away
Odds: 120/1

Season is shortened
Odds: 200/1

Ties established for the regular season
Odds: 200/1

Teams are contracted
Odds: 40/1

Teams added in Mexico/Puerto Rico/etc.
Odds: 50/1

DH in both leagues
Odds: 80/1

DH is abolished
Odds: 200/1

Labor Peace ends with Strike
Odds: 75/1

Labor Peace Ends with Lockout
Odds: 25/1

Labor Peace continues
Odds: 10/1

PED policy altered
Odds: 200/1

Pitch Clock Instituted
Odds: 30/1

Instant Replay expanded
Odds: 20/1

Salary Cap instituted
Odds: 80/1

No commercials during pitching changes
Odds: 100/1

No warm up pitches after entering from bullpen
Odds: 80/1

Abolish chewing tabacco
Odds: 4/1

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
Odds: 8/1

Pete Rose reinstated by Bud Selig
Odds: 40/1

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.

5 responses to “Rob Manfred Named New MLB Commish – Odds on Changes

  1. Hey deserves to be instated in the Baseball Hall of Fame. a statement might be added to his site in the Hall of Fame stating that while an active player he set his records but while acting as a coach he made unauthorized bets on baseball games. A baseball card was made that was a perfect example of this and should be posted in his site.

  2. Pete Rose is one of many MLB players of the past who gave the sport a black eye with his cheating ways. If mentioned at Cooperstown in hall of fame he should be only known as a former mgr that led a team to victory if such was the case. Not a hero while playing.
    In reference to banning to chewing tobacco among the players more power to them. Especially, since the FEDS are banning smoking in govt. & some cases public places. Allow the children intrested in the sport to see their heroes of the sport show good habits, such as chewing bubble gum and if spitting an occasional wad of spit to ground then do not allow MLB TV to show this during telecast.

  3. Bud Selig threw the first stone at Pete. It appears he thinks he has never made a mistake and is invunerable to criticism or consequences of any kind. He shares the company of many hypocrites.

  4. Pete should be not only eligible ( and already in the Hall of Fame), but also reinstated to baseball. He is a great spokesperson for the game, and baseball has sorely missed him over the years. Enough if enough! Bud Selig, stop treating Pete like some animal, hell convicted killers area least allowed to know when their execution date is? Tell Pete one way or the other, and do the right thing boys, Hopefully, our new commissioner doesn’t think he is holier than the great one…..

  5. There will never be another like Pete Rose. His style of playing baseball is something of the past. The one thing that he and Ted Williams had in common was when they stepped to the plate they were confident in that they were going to get a hit. There was no second thought or hesitation when the ball crossed the plate in the strike zone, they would swing at it, not stand there and watch the ball go by for strike three. They were so focused and aware of the strike zone that very rarely did they swing at something out of the strike zone in the dirt or at their shoe tops. Pete Rose belongs in the hall of fame along with Williams and others like him who would certainly agree. Do the right thing Selig. Show the world you got some balls, reinstate Pete Rose.

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