Brian Cashman: no hard feelings toward Joe Torre

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ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews caught up with Brian Cashman following the announcement that Joe Torre was stepping down. And guess what? Despite Torre’s book pissing off everyone on the Yankees, Everything is hunky dory:

General manager Brian Cashman said there are “no issues” between Joe
Torre and the team he led to four world championships but ultimately
spurned in a tell-all book. In fact, Cashman said that if Torre truly is
retired — Torre announced earlier Friday that he would not return to
manage the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 — he would be welcome at Yankee Stadium functions such as Old-Timer’s Day.

Man, the Yankees used to know how to hold a grudge. It took nearly 30 years, the tragic death of his daughter and an impassioned plea from his son to get the Yankees to finally welcome Jim Bouton back to Yankee Stadium for Old Timers Day after his tell-all book.  Torre gets an invite the second he retires.

Softies.

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.