David Ortiz

Commissioner Rob Manfred: 'I don't foresee the kind of problems that [David Ortiz] does' regarding new pace-of-play rules

Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2015 - 5:21 am
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David Ortiz was very outspoken earlier in the week when he became aware of the new MLB rules regarding hitters in the effort to speed up the overall pace of play. Commissioner Rob Manfred responded to Ortiz's comments and the new rules in general on Friday when speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. Ortiz said during his press conference that he didn't feel the players were given much input in the changes. Manfred said the MLB Players Association as a whole worked together with the league on it, and he added he doesn't "foresee the kind of problems" that Ortiz does. "I think that, across the unit, across the bargaining unit, we will get really good cooperation on pace of game," Manfred said. "We made the agreement with their certified bargaining representative, and I don't foresee the kind of problems that Mr. Ortiz does." Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter on Thursday) reported the first violation of the new rules would result in a warning followed by the next four being different increments of fines. Rosenthal added there was a possibility of even suspending players if they continue to show "willful disregard" of the rules. Manfred doesn't expect to see this action used, at least this season. "I think that we're going to work into the pace-of-game rules and you're not going to see that type of disciplinary action at the outset," said Manfred. The Commissioner also said he contacted the union after hearing Ortiz's comments earlier in the week. "I've had a conversation with his bargaining representative about it," Manfred said. "I'm sure they'll reach out to him. I expect at the end of the day we'll get cooperation there as well." For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.