So, apparently Rob Manfred is already considering having shorter commercial breaks, but damnit we talked about that first on the Pinwheels and Ivy Podcast, which goes live on YouTube every Thursday night and released by Friday morning.
As part of a lengthy interview with Forbes, Commissioner Manfred said that working to make the lulls with TV breaks shorter, continues to be in the discussion with the network partners.
“[Shortening breaks] continues to be something we’re looking at and could be in place by this season,” Manfred said.
That was just one of several things we talked about on the latest episode of the podcast, while also yelling about the DH.
Besides the shorter commercials, we also brought up how MLB should do more picture-in-picture ads during innings. We already see them during video reviews, but how about going to a split screen during pitching changes too. Stick the on-field reporter in the bullpen, dugout for short interviews, just give fans more to watch, while there’s also an ad playing.
Let’s take it to the next level. Again on the idea of giving fans more things to watch, stick a tiny camera on an umpire’s mask, so we get to see that the point of view. Screw it, find a way to broadcast from every single player’s POV during a game. The technology is out there. Use it.
And of course, mic these guys up. Yeah, baseball is boring, but the game also lends itself to unique situations. Remember this?
Incredible. Mic everyone up.
As far as the other recent rule proposals, just make the DH in both leagues, or eliminate it. MLB having two different set of rules for each league is so dumb. But obviously, give me the DH and as much as you might hate it, it’s going to happen eventually.
Fewer mound visits? Sure, why not. Minimum three batters faced. Cool.
But obviously you want to hear all about the DH, so listen to us yell about it for about 15 minutes.
Or you may think like our Las Vegas guy Kevin, and think the new rule proposals go against everything that baseball stands for.
Baseball is America. All these new rule proposals for MLB are anti-American.
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