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    MLB players will strongly reject pitch clock proposal, but it won't matter


    Major League Baseball players are about to tell commissioner Rob Manfred that they vehemently hate the idea of a pitch clock. Manfred is going respond by saying, ďToo bad.Ē
    As expected, the players are once again going to reject Manfredís pace of play initiatives, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
    Itís exactly what they did last offseason, and no major changes were implemented in 2017. But thatís not going to be the case this time around.
    Manfred made it clear last year that he had the power to unilaterally make pace of play changes whether or not the players agreed to them. While he didnít act on that in 2017, heís expected to use his power to force pitch clocks on the league in 2018.
    The players know this, of course, so their decision to strongly oppose the idea is partially seen as a PR move. The players do have some legitimate concerns about pitch clocks, but they also believe fans are against the move.
    By making Manfred use his power, the players believe fans will be furious with him, not them. They think they can win some goodwill by making this stand.
    Itís tough to predict whether that gambit will pay off. Baseball fans are generally opposed to change, but this doesnít seem to be a contentious issue. The games are getting longer, and thatís a major barrier of entry for many. The issues raised by Manfred ó pitch clocks and limited mound visits ó will make the game move faster while not drastically altering the on-field product. That sounds like something most fans will get behind.
    Itís also possible that this is more about the players sending a message to the commissioner. As our own Jeff Passan laid out, this winterís free-agent market has created a large divide between the players and the league.
    Given the slow market this winter, the players may feel as though they have to fight tooth and nail over every little thing from now until the collective-bargaining agreement is up in Dec. 2021.
    At that point, the players will have made it clear to Manfred they are prepared for all-out war.

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    So stupid. How about getting rid of taking infield practice after every half inning to speed it up???

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    Leave the game alone.
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    I would rather they take balls and strikes away from the umpires, unless it is a swing or foul tip. The computers are now showing how off a few of the umpires are with their calls. Make it uniform so the players know what a ball or strike is everyday.

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    The game is losing fand every year they have to change some things or the game will fold

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    How about making all umlires use the actual strike zone instead of allowing them all to make up their own rules as they go.

    Worst officials in all of sports for that reason alone.