Major League Baseball is hoping to shorten games this year, and possibly shorten the season eventually, too.
The league introduced new rule changes last week seeking to speed up the pace of the game in 2015, but new commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t ruling out a more drastic change in the future. Manfred said Monday he will consider shortening the regular season if there is interest in that idea.
“I don’t think length of season is a topic that can’t ever be discussed,” Manfred told ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell. “I don’t think it would be impossible to go back to 154 (games).”
It wouldn’t be impossible, but it also won’t be imminent. Manfred acknowledged season length isn’t a top priority right now, as he’s more focused on the new pace-of-play rules, Rovell reports.
The American League transitioned from a 154-game season to a 162-game season in 1961, with the National League following suit a year later.
“We already have some of our record books which reflect a 154-game season and obviously some of it reflects a 162-game season,” Manfred said. “So there’s some natural flexibility there. But if anyone suggests to go to something like 110 games, then there’s a real problem. That will throw all our numbers out of whack.”
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