It’s been noted by many that Stan Musial, who died last weekend at the age of 92, shared a unique personal connection with the people of St. Louis. And examples of that continue to pour in. Darren Pang of FOX Sports Midwest presents the St. Louis Blues’ warmup sweaters for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild:
The Blues beat the rival Detroit Red Wings 6-0 on the night of Stan’s death. They’re 4-1 on the year.
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.