Quote of the day: 'Our infield sucks'

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“Our infield
sucks. It’s the worst in the game. I’m not lying about that. That is
true. It took a bad hop and I just tried to put my body in front of it
to get an out…”




“…That stuff
upsets me. My job is to take 1,000 ground balls a day, and other guys’
job is to get the field perfect so we can play baseball. It happens.
That’s the way it goes.”




– Dustin Pedroia thinks he had a real chance for an inning-ending double-play
on a Kendry Morales groundball in the top of the eighth inning. The
ball took a wicked hop, forcing Pedroia to dive. By the time he reached
his feet, his only play was first base. Juan Rivera followed with a
two-out, two-run single off Jonathan
Papelbon. The two runs proved critical as the Angels went on to score
three in the top of the ninth, taking the lead and ending the Red Sox
season.

Report: MLB likely to unilaterally implement pace of play changes

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.

Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”

The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.

It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.