New commissioner looking at a shorter MLB season

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The Major League Baseball season isn't far away and teams are now starting their spring training in preparation for the upcoming season.

With all eyes on what teams could be the surprise package this season and how the current World Series champions San Francisco Giants will play in defense of their title.

All fans are getting ready for the days at the ball park once again and coming off the back of a great World Series, the Kansas City Royals and Giants must be feeling good about the upcoming season.

It is all new in MLB right now and another new addition to the league is the new commissioner Rob Manfred.

Manfred is still in his first month as MLB commissioner but has already highlighted that he has some big plans for the league.


Looking to make the sport more marketable, Manfred is open to the concept altering the length of the MLB season.

The 162 game season is one of the longest in world sports and Manfred may be considering a reduction in games.

"I don't think it would be impossible to go back to 154 [games]." - Rob Manfred on a review of the season length

Despite looking at the length of the season as something he could one day change, Manfred has shown that it isn't a major priority.

Stating his concerns that the pace of the game is his main focus right now, Manfred has claimed that others have cited the length of the season as something that doesn't need to be dealt with immediately.

Commissioner changes

Whilst commissioner Manfred may be looking to make some changes to the length of the season one day in the future, he has already made some changes for this upcoming season.

The league implemented some new rules to each game this season which are designed to lower the average length of a game.

In 2014, the average length of a game was three hours, two minutes and Manfred has made that a priority that needs to be dealt with.

The 2015 MLB season is set to be one of the most watched ever with two wildcard teams reaching the World Series last year and the return of controversial New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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