March 7, 2021

Passan’s 20 questions – MLB cracks down on pine tar, spring surprises and more (ESPN)


This relatively calm moment, between the cacophony that accompanied the Houston Astros‘ arrival at spring training and the impending clamor of the results of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Boston Red Sox‘s alleged sign stealing, offers a good time to reflect on what has been and peer ahead at what’s to come. This isn’t a make-or-break moment in baseball history so much as it is a period to understand how the sport arrived here and where it intends to go.

Such a moment tends to inspire plenty of questions. On this subject and the many others emanating from spring training, with an assist from dozens of sources around the game, here is an attempt to answer 20 of the most pressing.

If this is a period to understand where the sport is, where exactly is the sport?

So many people involved possess such disparate perspectives, it’s best to divide “the sport” into three categories: Major League Baseball, players and fans.

Start with MLB, and not just because of the broad powers assigned commissioner Rob Manfred. The league…

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