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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rob Manfred says nothing about baseball needs to be fixed, then offers ideas to fix it 02.17.17 at 9:10 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: NBA All-Star celebrity game, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NHL)
College basketball: Kent State at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Fairfield at Quinnipiac, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Stanford, 10 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Xavier at Villanova, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke at the Grapefruit League media day Thursday and said nothing about the current state of baseball “needs to be fixed.”

He then went on to say the game needs to be changed “so that baseball means as much to the next generation as it does to our generation” and offered some ideas for changes.

Those ideas included requiring managers to stick to a time limit when deciding whether to challenge a call, “reasonable limits” on how long umpires in the replay center can look at replay angles before deciding whether to overturn a call and raising the strike zone.

Manfred also said he is in favor of experimenting with starting extra innings with a runner on second in the minor leagues, but said “we don’t expect to ever apply at the major league level.”

“Whenever you change something, there’s a risk,” Manfred went on. “We know that, even from the little rule changes that we’ve made … There’s a period of adjustment. But you know what? We get through those periods of adjustment. Modern civilization does not come to an end. And the game is better at the end of it.”

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Dodgers pick up win in megadeal with Clayton Kershaw 01.16.14 at 11:11 am ET
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When Mark Walter first began his tenure as an owner of the Dodgers, he showed his disdain for giving pitchers long-term contracts.

“Pitchers break,” Walter said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

As the Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw came to an agreement that would make Kershaw the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history Wednesday, though, Walter told the Times in two words why he would think about changing his opinion.

Greg Maddux,” Walter said, referring to how, in 1992, the Cubs gave up Maddux to free agency when the future Hall of Famer was 26.

Maddux had just one his first of four straight Cy Young Awards.

Although no one would refer to the Dodgers’€™ deal of $215 million for seven years a bargain, reports show that as long as Kershaw remains healthy, Los Angeles made the correct move.

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Read More: A.J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw, Greg Maddux, Mark Walter