Rob Manfred is open to eliminating defensive shifts in

Baseball New commissioner Rob Manfred is ma

king it clear that he intends to reevaluate how the game of baseball is played.His review is on display with the league's recent experimentation with pitch clocks. Once those are installed in the major league, Manfred's next order of business will be finding ways to infuse more offense into the game. That could include eliminating defensive shifts, Manfred said during an interview with ESPN. McGUIRE: If I were commissioner ..."I think the second set of changes that I would look at is related (to the pitch clock), and that relates to injecting additional offense into the game," Manfred said. "For example, eliminating shifts. I would be open to those sorts of ideas." Of course, those changes would not be likely to come without pushback. Defensive shifts have been as much a part of baseball as the cutoff man for years, especially of late. Teams have spent a lot of money employing sabermetricians to analyze, among other things, the precise defensive positioning needed to best combat an opposing batter.Manfred said those people would just have to adjust accordingly."Look, we have really smart people working in the game," he said. "And they're going to figure out ways to get a competitive advantage. I think it's incumbent upon us in the commissioner's office to look at the advantages that are produced and say, Is this what we want to happen in the game?"

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