Rob Manfred: No significant rule changes in 2017, blames MLBPA

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s attempt to make some changes doesn’t seem to be going how he may have anticipated it.

According to multiple sources, Manfred said there will not be significant rule changes during the 2017 season “due to lack of cooperation from the MLBPA.”

This is the perfect time to segue-way into the next piece of information. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Manfred did say in 2018, MLB “can impose rule changes without the union’s agreement.”

Some of those radical rule changes that have been discussed surround “pace of play,” including a new rule during extra innings where teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. The possibility of ridding the league of the practice of intentional walks is also something to watch for.

The next year in baseball could be interesting, to say the least.