Friday, February 23, 2018

Manfred Going Power-Mad?: New Baseball Storage Rules

Esposito (L); Manfred (R)
Frankly, the first thing we thought of when we heard this story was the classic scene in the Woody Allen film, Bananas. Esposito, the new dictator of San Marcos, realizing that he is now all powerful, issues the following decree: "From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now...16 years old!" Enter MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Today—a few short weeks from the start of the 2018 season—we learn that all 30 teams will be mandated to store baseballs in an "air-conditioned and enclosed room" this season. Undoubtedly, the Air-Conditioned And Enclosed Room Trade Association is positively giddy at the news! Let's just hope that the official language of baseball will not become Finnish.