Today, Major League Baseball announced a “reconstituted” competition committee, which will be expanded to include a number of additional representatives, including the Chicago Cubs’ own president Theo Epstein:
MLB's competition committee now includes active managers, baseball ops officials, former players, team presidents & a broadcaster. pic.twitter.com/Bjg3qooOyL
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) May 18, 2017
As noted, MLB’s Competition Committee is designed to review, discuss, and evaluate all aspects of the game, including possible rules changes. In that respect, it will be nice to have Epstein at the table, not solely because he is part of the Cubs’ organization, but because he generally has a good, forward-thinking vision for the game of baseball, and its changing needs. (For example, there was a report that Epstein originated the idea of requiring relievers to face more than one batter in their appearances as a way to move along pace of play.)
Others on the new committee include Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Mets GM Sandy Alderson, and Pirates president Frank Coonelly.