Facebook reportedly near deal to stream on Major League Baseball game per week

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Still, it won't affect the outcome of games much, either, as it's rare that pitchers throw wild pitches on intentional walks. Live-streaming games will always be crucial, as sports are some of the last events people still want to witness in real time.

On Tuesday evening, ESPN's Howard Bryant reported that Major League Baseball had approved a rule change that aims to replace the four-pitch intentional walk with a signal from the dugout.

One radical and wholly controversial change - placing a runner on second base to start extra innings - will be attempted in the low minor leagues beginning this season.

This appears to be where the disconnect lies between Manfred and the players' union.

According to Reuters, Facebook are interested in broadcasting games in a bid to gain a foothold in the expanding market. That's been Manfred's priority since he took over the commissioner's office, and it seems like he'll get his wish come 2018. Billionaire baseball owners hold the deeds to the franchises, but the game belongs to the players; it is their talents that are consumed, and they should be wholly invested in how that's presented.

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Last season, there were 932 intentional walks which could eliminate an estimated minute of dead time.

The only problem is teams aren't walking batters as often as they used to.

Major League Baseball has studied whether to restore the lower edge of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level - at the top of the kneecap. That's about one minute per walk on something that only happened once every 2.6 games.

This rule change is a special affront to a conservative temperament, I think, because it shows signs of poor policy thinking of the "change for change's sake" variety. "I don't know if they're really thinking about absolutely everything".

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