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Major League Baseball has seen attendance drop and length of games increase. They believe a increased pace to the game could draw more interest and ultimately increase attendance. However, these changes cannot be thrown into action in the major leagues without some testing ground. That's where the independent Atlantic League comes into play.  The potential future of the came will be put on display, which includes moving the pitching mound back two feet, robot umpires and the elimination of the infield shift. Major League Baseball is able to test these rule changes in the Atlantic League due to their three-year...

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Several proposed rule changes proposed by the Major League Baseball Players' Association deemed too intricate to put into action for this season, according to MLB commissioner Ron Manfred. However, ideas to change the speed of the game, such as a pitch clock, have been focused on intently. While the implementation of the designated hitter in the National League this season won’t occur, Manfred felt some optimism with the pitch clock proposal and three-batter minimum requirements for relief pitchers unless the inning ends before three batters have been faced. The game has slowed somewhat over the years and the goal between...

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The first spring appearance for a man who's been a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and Rookie of the Year and MVP should be nothing out of the ordinary. However, for Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the excitement was comparable to that of a rookie as opposed to a 13-year veteran. Pedroia hadn't set foot on the field in a game situation since May of last year and even though his debut against the Twins lasted all of one inning, he couldn't have been more pleased. Pedroia fielded a ground ball off the bat of Jake Cave, followed...

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While still a member of the Yankees and part of the five man rotation, it appears Sabathia has chosen his next career. It was announced on Tuesday by ESPN that he will make 15 appearances in various roles this season on days that he is not scheduled to pitch. The 38-year old lefty has a career record of  246-153 with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts in 538 starts. He's lead the league in wins twice, is a six-time All-Star and 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner. In addition, he's the active leader in innings and strikeouts. But as...

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The Philadelphia Phillies were contenders for much of last season until a late season collapse found them 80-82, ten games behind the Braves in the National League East. Vowed to make improvements in the off season, the Phillies said they would spend "stupid money" in attempts to land the prizes of the free agency pool, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. While negotiations for the superstars heated up, the Phillies quietly make huge improvements both offensively and defensively with the signing of Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, JT Realmuto and David Robertson. Realmuto, likely the best catcher in the Major Leagues, replaces...

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