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Dodgers: Blake Treinen Blasts MLB Over Rule Changes

Blake Treinen hasn’t thrown a pitch since April, but that didn’t stop him from making the news this week. The right-handed reliever, who’s currently on the 60-day injured list, sat down for an interview with AM570’s David Vassegh this week. The Dodgers reporter asked him for his thoughts on some of the new rules that have been implemented in Triple-A and MLB thinking about bringing up those new rules to the majors in the future. That’s right about when Treinen went off.

“Leave them there and get rid of them. We don’t need any more changes in baseball.”.

That was just the tip of the iceberg for Treinen on the subject. 

“There’s so many of the them you can’t even keep up with them anymore. Let’s just keep baseball the way it is. I’m so sick of everybody trying to put their fingerprint[s] on the game. Your fingerprint should be: the way you play on the field, the way you treat people in the clubhouse, and the way you manage games.”

The one-time All-Star also lamented how, if the rules changes are put into effect in MLB, baseball could dramatically change. For Treinen, that’s a problem.

“If you want to invest in things to have a good product that’s fine, but if you’re going to try to tweak the rules, the way they’re doing, I won’t be able to teach my kids the same game I grew up playing.”

At the moment, the pitch clock, larger bases, defensive position requirement, and expanded automatic ball-strike system are all in effect in the minors. Not every level is using every rule, but it’s a taste of what baseball is experimenting with to try to increase the sport’s overall popularity. 

Is Treinen right? No more new rules or does MLB still need to make some tweaks?

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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