“One of many massive conversations this yr was concerning the Aaron Choose pursuit of [Roger] Maris’ [home run] file, which … was nice for the game,” Craig Carton, host of “The Carton Show,” stated Monday. “However then there turned what I feel is a ridiculous argument and that’s: What is the house run file? Is it [Barry] Bonds’ 73 … or [is] it Aaron Choose’s 62?”
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred joined the present to debate the talk and share the commissioners’ workplace’s stance on the single-season house run file.
“We’ve all the time taken the place that the file ebook says what it says,” Manfred stated. “You possibly can’t change what occurred. You possibly can’t undo what occurred. I feel with respect to numbers, you understand, there is a lengthy historical past in baseball. Various things occurred in several eras. The ball was totally different, the peak of the mound was totally different, and followers make their very own judgments.
“I feel what you noticed with Aaron Choose is [that] it was a fully monumental efficiency, and followers reacted to it that method. I feel that is sort of the tip of the story from our [point-of-view].”
The dialogue stems from critics of Bonds’ file, these say it should not depend or maintain as a lot weight due to Bonds’ hyperlinks to performance-enhancing medication. Nonetheless, Bonds is the all-time MLB single-season house run file holder with 73, set in 2001.
Choose this season surpassed Maris for essentially the most house run in a season by an American League participant, a mark that earlier stood for 61 years.
Manfred additionally touched on a couple of different sizzling subjects in baseball, together with Shohei Ohtani‘s second consecutive jaw-dropping season and if the MLB will use know-how to assist umpires sooner or later.
“[Ohtani] is a transcendent expertise,” Manfred stated. “There [has] simply been nobody like [him] definitely in both of our lifetimes. … We’re actually centered on the internationalization of the sport, and to have a participant from exterior North America who’s as nice — perhaps the most effective participant within the sport — is absolutely vital to these efforts.
“I am unable to overstate his significance.”
This previous common season, Ohtani went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA as a pitcher, with 219 strikeouts and simply 44 walks. He additionally hit .273 with 34 homers and 95 RBIs.
As for automation in calling balls and strikes, Manfred stated it is perhaps coming our method within the close to future.
“I feel that you simply’re gonna see the automated system in a single type or one other,” he stated. “We’re utilizing two kinds within the minor-leagues. One the place each pitch is known as by the machine, and the second is a problem system. It takes about 4 seconds for the problem.
“There is a good probability we’re gonna be utilizing it [at] the big-league stage sooner or later.”
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