Showtime canceled “The Franchise: A Season With The Miami Marlins”

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Showtime’s documentary series “The Franchise” followed the Giants last season and the Marlins this season, but the network has decided to cancel this year’s version after just seven episodes.

It was supposed to go at least eight episodes, but both sides agreed to cut it short after Showtime declined to broadcast any more than the initial allotment with the Marlins currently in last place at 55-67.

Or as Marlins president David Samson told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “There was an option to do more but given the state of our season, it was decided that the original eight would suffice.”

Sure, the Marlins are really bad, but I think it was HBT’s own Drew Silva making a cameo appearance that ultimately caused Showtime to pull the plug.

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.