Rob Manfred is about to get a contract extension to remain The Commissioner of Major League Baseball for another 5 years. That is outstanding news for all baseball fans, because Mr. Manfred is a man on a mission to save our beautiful game.
And why does our game need saving? Because ratings and attendance are down, more every year. How is it that the World Series between Boston and LA, two historical franchises, had reduced ratings of 20% over the prior year? Because people hate the Red Sox. Oh, and it takes too long. The game simply takes too long.
Cora has said that he's looking for around 120 games for Pedroia this year. Before this winter, Pedroia would be fighting back, insisting he could play 150. But Alex Cora has the same touch with players coming back from injury that he does when making winning moves in the postseason.