John Shipley: Baseball dumbing itself down during pandemic

Even if this weirdo season doesn’t get played to its fullest, the coronavirus pandemic has done something important for Major League Baseball. It has allowed Commissioner Rob Manfred to slip a lot of his stupid ideas into a real season. Get used to it.

As we’ve learned in spades over the past few years, it’s easier to normalize weird, aberrant behavior than we thought.


Manfred was doing some of this stuff out in the open before the pandemic, putting a clock on pitchers...