Manfred discussed that and other potential rule changes Thursday at the Detroit Tigers’ spring training complex, which was hosting a Grapefruit League media day. Manfred says there are ongoing discussions with the Major League Baseball Players Association, and it’s not clear what changes might be made for 2017.
“You’d think given my career path that I would be a little better at predicting the outcome of negotiations with the MLBPA than I am. I just don’t know at this point,” Manfred said. “It’s been a long winter for both sides on labor, and fatigue can actually play a role in how many agreements you can reach, but at this point I just don’t feel comfortable making a prediction.”
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