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Steve Krah
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Reporter Steve Krah covers sports for the Elkhart Truth.


DH rule, earlier playoff games, improved pace of play are changes fans would make as MLB commissioner

For starters, we’d cut All-Star Game ties to World Series home-field advantage, speed up pace of play, start postseason games earlier and get a handle of the designated hitter rule.

Posted on Aug. 13, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

Major League Baseball has had nine commissioners. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was the first. Bud Selig has held the job for the past 16 years.

Selig's successor is about to be named, and it appears Rob Manfred has the inside track.

What would be at the top of your priority list if you were in baseball's top office?

If I wield that power, I do the following (in no particular order):

• Get rid of the idea that the league that wins the All-Star Game gets home-field advantage in the World Series. That experiment has failed. Let's move on.

Speed up the pace of play. You probably can't cut down on the commercial breaks, but let's keep the batters in the box and the pitchers on the rubber if at all possible. Games don't have to be 3 hours, 30 minutes. Just ask Mark Buehrle.

• Get away from the 8:30 and 9 p.m. start for postseason games that few school kids or adults who work in the morning ever see to their conclusion. Let's make it 7 p.m Eastern.

Not fair to West Coasters? Well, they seem to be fine with 9 a.m. NFL games. So I don't buy that argument.

• Let's either have the designated hitter all the time or not at all. It's probably too late to put the genie back in the bottle, but the American League certainly has the upper hand when games in their parks call for the DH and contests at National League sites do not.

Those are just a few ideas.

A few of my Facebook friends also weighed in.

Mark Bradford favors controlling salaries.

Along those same lines, Dan Caskey calls for a merit-based system.

"Players would be paid per performance just like the rest of us," said Caskey. "In the age of computers, it would be very easy. And (White Sox slugger Adam) Dunn would not make millions for hitting less than .200.

"I am a salesman. I get paid when I make a sale. No sale. No pay."

Tony Miller would bring back the twi-night doubleheader.

I like that idea. How about having each team have at least two "scheduled" twinbills per season? These would be real doubleheaders — one game after the other and not the day-night variety you see now.

Terry Mark also wants to see the pace of play speeded up.

Robert Mitchell would immediately address the length of games, bring back scheduled doubleheaders, scrap the designated hitter, start World Series and playoff games at 7 p.m. at the latest and maybe even have some weekend day games in the playoffs.

"I'd also raise the mound back to 15 inches and make stirrups mandatory," says Mitchell.

I, too, could do without the pajama look.


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