Five seconds hardly seems worth talking about, and in a way it’s not. Trimming the time between innings might save a minute or two over the length of a game, but the real heavy lifting toward solving baseball’s many issues is still to come.

Eliminating one mound visit for the upcoming season isn’t going to suddenly make baseball America’s Pastime once again, either. America has moved on, even as a dedicated core of fans keeps baseball propped up and keeps profits flowing to owners.

Actually, the changes announced Thursday in an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players unions don’t do much of anything to make the game better in 2019. If anything, they are merely Rob Manfred’s way to show that he’s trying

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