NEW YORK (AP) - Rob Manfred's desk on the 31st floor of baseball's Park Avenue offices was tidy on Monday, the first business day after he succeeded Bud Selig and started a five-year term as commissioner.
Having worked for MLB since 1998 as an executive vice president and then as chief operating officer, he didn't have to move into a new office.
The issues are piled up: Oakland and Tampa Bay want new ballparks; negotiations are ongoing with players over pace of play and domestic violence; Baltimore and Washington are fighting in court over broadcast revenue; there is widespread agreement initiatives must be undertaken to develop young fans and players.
A pitch clock must be considered and decreased offense scrutinized along with increased offensive shifts.
Tighter balls? Shorter fences? A lower mound? Banning defensive shifts?
Perhaps they can be talked about in the future.(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)