Bickley: Baseball is finally looking in the mirror

Bickley: Baseball is finally looking in the mirror

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Bickley: Baseball is finally looking in the mirror

By Dan Bickley

azcentral sports columnist

 

Love is blind, and Major League Baseball is proof.

Those that cherish a timeless sport aren’t clamoring for a better relationship. They will never understand the need for clocks, action and radical reform. Change is considered an unnecessary concession to a clueless generation, an affront to the greatest game ever invented.

Fortunately, the new commissioner sees things a bit differently.

In his third season as steward of a 114-year old institution, Rob Manfred has a different agenda. He sees the on-field dawdling and plodding pace of play as a precursor to extinction. His sense of urgency is in stark contrast to his predecessor, Bud Selig. He’s finding his voice and his mission just when the game needs him most.

If Manfred succeeds in bringing baseball into the 21st century, replenishing a fan base from a pool of American youth weaned on instant gratification, he will go down as one of the most influential commissioners in sports history.

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