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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred offers imperfect approach in attempt to perfect game​

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Hours after assuming his position as Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred's suggested changes to the game have not been received in a positive manner.

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A traditionalist, former commissioner Bud Selig attempted to maintain the game's classic nature, while adding common sense for the current world. Only hours into his new job as MLB commissioner, however, Rob Manfred has taken a different approach. Almost immediately, Manfred threw gas onto the fire of recently suggested changes to the pace of game, saying Sunday that he wants to eliminate defensive shifts, among others.

That didn't sit well with, well, a lot of people. Alternative suggestions for ways to speed up the game were discussed, including the elimination or shortage of commercials, which have become time-consuming with ever-increasing team costs.

Some suggestions, such as banning the curveball were partially in jest, but the point was still the same, the game of baseball will change on its own and shouldn't be messed with. In the pitcher's case, it would be even less of a walk in the park when facing certain power hitters.

Some suggestions had a humorous spin to them while getting the point across.

There were suggestions on how to improve the game without changing the actual game.

On the flip side, some team general managers aren't opposed to it, although support for the suggestion has been limited. It would be interesting to see the extent of support MLB teams would have for the change, if formally proposed. However, while the length of games and additional offense may seem like they are related, that may not be the case.