Eric Wedge had a great interview with the Orioles

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That’s according to Heyman. I have no idea what constitutes a “great” interview for a job in which the candidates are already well known and already have very public records. Maybe he answered that “where do you see yourself in five years” question better than anyone ever has. Maybe the writing sample was really, really good. Maybe the hiring partner is golf buddies with Wedge’s dad or something. It happens.

We’ve heard Wedge’s name mentioned before in connection to the Orioles’ job, but I still don’t get his appeal to them. He was to the Indians what Dave Trembley was to Baltimore: an organizational soldier with a good reputation for nurturing young players but a guy whose tactical decisions left much to be desired and who, more importantly, was never accused of over-motivating anyone.

Why Baltimore would go in Wedge’s direction when that approach just failed with Trembley is beyond me, but after the whole Loria-Valentine thing, I’ve given up on the manager handicapping business.

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.