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BOSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't

foresee any problems if the World Series winner is invited to visit the White House.Both World Series teams have minority managers for the first time Jorge Posada Jersey , and President Donald Trump has had tense relationships with many minority groups."I think as an institution, Major League Baseball has always had the greatest respect for the office of the presidency," Manfred said. "That doesn't change, no matter who's there. Often we've had situations where individuals, players, whatever, don't agree with all of the policies of the individual that occupies the office. I think the important thing is respect for the office."Manfred addressed a number of topics prior to Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, including start times and length of games. Boston's win in the World Series opener took 3 hours, 52 minutes and ended at 12:03 a.m. EDT. Manfred said complaints about World Series start times reflect an East Coast prejudice."When you start games at 5 o'clock Eastern, it's the middle of the work day in LA. That's not quite right either," he said. "We're trying to strike a balance and get the point, the window, where we can get the most people all across the country having a meaningful opportunity to watch the game."Nine-inning games in the league playoffs averaged 3 hours, 35 1/2 minutes, up 6 minutes from the 2017 postseason and more than a half-hour longer than this year's regular season."I am always less concerned about it in the postseason," Manfred said "It is human nature when the stakes go up, things slow down a little bit."Manfred anticipates a new round of negotiations with players' union head Tony Clark and his members over pace of play and game rules. Management had the right to unilaterally implement a pitch clock before the 2018 season but did not, and it retains the right to install pitch clocks for 2019. MLB did institute a limit on mound trips without pitching changes for 2018."I spent a lot of time between the All-Star Game and here talking directly to Tony http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , trying to map out the things that we'd like to have meaningful conversation about during the offseason, putting him in a position to get prepared to do," Manfred said.Baseball is monitoring rapid changes to the game caused by analytics, including shorter average outings for starting pitchers — and some teams going entirely with relief pitchers."I do think that starting pitchers being on the field less presents yet another challenge for us in terms of marketing the game," he said. "You look historically, right, some of our greatest stars are starters, and if they're out there less, it has a predictable effect."Tampa Bay used a so-called "opener" instead of a starter in 78 games. Oakland and Milwaukee had bullpen games during the playoffs."I do think it can be a useful strategy for clubs in certain types of economic situations," Manfred said. "It's really hard to argue with that based on the early returns. We'll see how the returns look over the long haul."Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw expressed concern this week that teams may favor relievers over starters because they are less costly."The market's going to answer that question, right? We'll see what happens in the market," Manfred said. "I'm not sure that that trend at this point is persistent enough to have a market effect, but we're going to have another market here in just a few weeks and we'll see what happens."Strikeouts exceeded hits over a season for the first time in major league history, causing worry that there are too many pitching changes based on matchups that decrease offense."I don't spend a lot of time worrying about whether analytics are a good thing or a bad thing, and the reason for that is they are a real thing," Manfred said. "We have them. They're going to continue to use them. There's nothing you can do to stop people from thinking about the game, however the heck it is they want to think about the game. I think what's incumbent upon us and what we try to do is pay attention over the course of the season … think about we've learned during the postseason and see whether we may need to make some change in response to what we're seeing."On other topics:SIGN STEALINGWhile MLB cleared Houston of breaking rules on electronic surveillance, additional rules could be put in place for next season."Sign stealing in and of itself is not a violation of our rules. It's been a part of the game since Lassie was a puppy Johnny Damon Jersey ," Manfred said. "Where it becomes a problem is where there is a use of technology that otherwise violates our rules to aid the sign-stealing process. I think technology is evolving at a rate that it is incumbent upon us to constantly review and update our rules."TAMPA BAY BALLPARKManfred remains hopeful the Rays will have a plan in place for a new ballpark by Dec. 31, the end of their agreement with St. Petersburg that allows the team to explore sites throughout the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. The Rays hope to leave St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field and build a ballpark in Ybor City."I love the site. I think that in terms of its geographic location in the region it's a good one," he said. "We have some work to do in terms of getting a financing plan together that will get that stadium built."ANGELS BALLPARKManfred said the Angels' decision to opt out of their ballpark lease is part of a negotiation and should not cause worry the team would leave the area. Club's undefeated week sends the South Siders to Kansas City on a surge of momentum"WhiteFanposts FanpostsFanshotsSections AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I'll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昗hite Sox Game RecapsWhite Sox clobber D-backs, 7-1, for regular season tuneup sweepNew,22commentsClub's undefeated week sends the South Siders to Kansas City on a surge of momentumCDTShareTweetShareShareWhite Sox clobber D-backs, 7-1, for regular season tuneup sweepDouble trouble: Yo谩n Moncada has been just as solid in the field as he has at the plate this spring.Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago White Sox may have ended the Cactus League with just a 12-17 record, but they closed out the spring in style, using a 14-hit attack to defang the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, 7-1, for their fourth straight win. The game didn't look like an easy win early, as Arizona's Merrill Kelly, fresh from four years in Korea and slated to make it as the D-backs No. 5 starter at the tender rookie age of 30, coasted through the first two innings, with six straight outs on 14 pitches. But come the third inning, the Sox owned Kelly as much as he had owned them earlier.The four-run rally started with Yo谩n Moncada driving in Welington Castillo:Yolmer S谩nchez then beat out a possible double play, allowing Tim Anderson to score Masahiro Tanaka Jersey , after which Jos茅 Abreu ripped a double:Yonder Alonso then drove in a fourth run with a single. Most of the starters left after the big third, but Castillo stayed around long enough for an RBI double in the fourth. Among the replacements who are headed to the minors, Nick Madrigal was the standout, going 2-for-3 with a double (pulled, no less), RBI and two runs scored, raising his average to .389. Danny Mendick continued to impress, with a hit to close out the spring at .361.There were some pretty impressive spring numbers from the regulars as well, with Moncada ending at .358, Abreu at .323, and Anderson at .322.Moncada was, if anything, more impressive in the field today, with a nice scoop on a bunt-for-a-hit attempt to open the game, and a fine over-his-head running grab of a foul pop-up to left. The move to third looks solid so far (fingers, toes, and other body parts crossed).On the pitching side, Iv谩n Nova cruised through three innings Paul O'Neill Jersey , the sole hit he gave up a homer by Jake Lamb, which followed what sure looked like it should have been a called third strike. He only needed37 pitches, 27 of which were strikes, including three Ks. For the spring, Nova threw 19 innings without allowing a walk.Five relievers held the Diamondbacks scoreless the rest of the way: Caleb Frare, Ryan Burr, Evan Marshall, Matt Foster and Codi Heuer. In what would be a really nice change for the Sox were it to continue, Frare was the only one to give up a walk, and there were nine strikeouts.But, as we know, that was all just good fun. Playing for real starts Thursday in Kansas City, with Carlos Rod贸n on the mound against big righty Brad Keller, in a battle between two of the ALC's three 100-loss teams in 2018. NBC Sports Chicago will have the game at 3:15 p.m. CT.As for the momentum of winning the final four games of spring training, there was only one Cactus League team that could match that finish — the Royals, who won their last five in a row.

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