Rob Manfred Says He'll Encourage Owners to Pass 3-Batter Minimum Rule for 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16:  Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at the National Press Club July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. The MLB All-Star game will be held tomorrow at Nationals Park.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is (eternally) looking to make some drastic changes in the game, and one of the new rules he's looking to implement soon is the three-batter minimum for entering relievers.

While he's not officially casting a vote per se, the commissioner made it clear prior to Tuesday's All-Star festivities that he'd like the league's owners to pass the mandate this upcoming winter.

It's certainly different and it'll take managers and pitchers some getting used to, but there could be a real benefit in implementing this rule, even if all it does is make the game a better product to watch.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon hates the rule and thinks it takes away "strategy," but there's still plenty of decision-making involved, as managers have to game plan farther ahead, without the safety valve of pulling a pitcher who can't retire opposite-hand batters at the first sign of trouble.

Does it eliminate the specialist who can only get lefties out? Yes, sure, but why don't we promote pitchers who can face all hitters and get more than one guy out? Seems like a good idea to me.