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MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred
Published On: Fri, Nov 09
May 7, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference before the game between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred,A reports USA Todaya€™s Bob Nightengale. Hea€™d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred is expected to receive unanimous approval. Ita€™s been four years since Manfred officially succeeded Bud Selig as the leaguea€™s commissioner, and the new agreement would effectively ensure that hea€™d spend at least a decade in his current role.

Nightengale adds that various rule changes will also be discussed, as is typical in the offseason, with a heavy focus on pace of play a€” which has come to be one of Manfreda€™s more focal issues during his tenure. The idea of a pitch clock will once again be discussed, as will limitations on pitching changes, defensive shifts and a€œopeners,a€ per the report. Manfred has already implemented numerous pace of play initiatives, most recently including aA limited number of mound visits per game.

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