The Harlem Shake is played out. Was probably played out ten minutes after the first video was posted. But there’s a simplicity and an absurdity to it all that means it will probably last a long time because, really, anyone can do one. Including the Cleveland Indians, who are taking some time in Goodyear to tape one today.
Here’s a still shot from Frank Herrmann:
Green Man is Jason Giambi. Ubaldo Jimenez is Lt. Dangle from “Reno 911.” Nick Swisher is the Ohio State football player. Justin Masterson is the bear. Beyond that, no idea.
Remember last week when I mentioned that the Indians’ clubhouse is loose? Yeah, still is.
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.