NEW YORK – Fields’ field selections began Monday, a week after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced repression of unauthorized grips.
How is it going so far? Depends on who you are asking.
Although players across baseball have offered a variety of picks – many were outspoken and demonstrative, their media and the way they behaved on the field – a person is now determined to be as unaffected by the fall as he was last week.
That is the man responsible for it all.
In an interview with the athlete this week, In fact, the commissioner was satisfied with the initial income … or its lack.
“The first two days of my vision have gone very well,” he told the website on Wednesday. “We have no evictions [for foreign substances], In general the players were very cooperative, the studies were done quickly and between innings. Obviously, the data suggest that we are making progress on issues [in spin rate] This caused us to make the first attempt. “
At the same time, Manfred – who is aware of the reaction surrounding both leagues – feels there is work ahead.
On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Bliss Manager Joe Gordy Washington asked the referees to check the Nationals starter Max Scherzer For sticky materials. Billies suspected that Scherzer – who often touches his sweaty hair as he traditionally does – was doing something noticeable.
“I was skeptical of this,” Girardi said.
This was a nuisance to Scherzer. By the third check, in fact, he had had enough, threw his glove and hat on the floor, unbuckled his belt, and repeated “I got nothing”.
“I understand that the incident in Philadelphia was less than ideal, but it was an incident,” Manfred said. “Furthermore, we expect that without such incidents, most of the cases that have taken place so far will continue.”
Manfred maintains his position, and communication from the commissioner’s office is efficient and effective, although players, including Scherzer, have changed the availability and ethics of their media.
“We have been very outspoken since the beginning of this year, which is an issue that worries us and needs to change things,” he said. “That’s why we gathered information. If things don’t change, we were clear on the march memo we sent out if there was going to be discipline … there was a ton of publicity around the owners’ meetings that didn’t change. In fact, they got worse.
“I do not see any secret about where this went, and I know there were plenty of opportunities for input in this process.”
Wednesday, New York Yankees Relief Zach Britain, Along with Scherzer – both members of the players’ association’s executive subcommittee – called for the end of field trials by Major League Baseball referees and the replacement of supervisors who carry out tests on clubhouses, duckouts and bullpens in their place.
“If I had a little kid in the game, I would say to my dad, ‘Well, hey, what’s going on? Why are they being tested?’ What is he going to say? ‘Well, they think everyone’s cheating,’ ‘Britain said before hosting the Yankees Kansas City Royals. “I mean, do we like the game as much as we think you’re cheating? I think it’s a bad idea. “
He was not alone in that thought, as those around the game had been researching for a long time. Kansas City manager Mike Madden warned opponents to act like Girardi and ask the referees to check sticky objects on Royals pitchers if it triggers his team.
Manfred knows it all and is open to communication. When pressed about long-term plans, he was optimistic, but was saved on Wednesday.
“I don’t like putting my feet in the sand. We’ve been there for two days,” he said. “I don’t have enough information to tell you that this is an iron bar or that it’s going to change.”
Some of that thought process may, perhaps, change as more players speak.
“I think the optics are totally embarrassing for our game and I don’t want to wake up in the morning and read about our game,” Britain said. “… there’s a great way to do this, but it takes more than what the Nano or other players say. It takes talking to the MLP and sitting down and carrying something. Implemented.”
Of course, there are possibilities – especially since social media is all over baseball – that certain episodes on the field will tarnish the image of the game. That should be a concern for the clubhouse and the commissioner’s office.
Tuesday, Oakland Relief Sergio Romo Tested by the umpires after taking the seventh inning. The senior right-handed player flew his belt off the floor and dropped his trousers, raising questions as to whether broadcast partners should reduce the range of checks.
“In integrating the project, we tried to come up with a plan … as unrestricted as possible considering the procedures of the game and the need to move the game,” Manfred said. “We thought checks between innings were a great way to increase them,” he said. [but] Probably the right word [to use]. I don’t think you can tell broadcast partners in practice not to hide something on the domain. “
Some pitcher – Yankees Ace Gerrit Cole, For example – all of which are openly spoken of in Manfred’s visibility. Cole, after a start last week, asked MLP to talk to him and the pitchers around the game so they could catch the ball and find ways to keep the system going.
The media also plays into this. Can Manfred be open and talk about these issues as the system progresses?
Manfred knows what to ask. He wants baseball to let everyone know that he’s not going to hide.
“Every year since I was commissioner, I had at least two availability per year, except last year,” he said. “I fully expect to be back to my usual routine this year.
“I do not hesitate to speak on this topic. When people call, I take the call.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.