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World Series champion rips ESPN over baseball rule changes

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You’d think the reigning champion Houston Astros would have no worries as spring training gets underway.

Consider:

Justin Verlander will be in Houston the entire year after going 9-1 in half a season, including the playoffs, in 2017.

The team brought in former All-Star Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh — as its No. 3 starter.

And superstar shortstop Carlos Correa isn’t planning on missing 53 games like he did in 2017.

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So what could possibly be bothering the champs?

Three words: Pace. Of. Play.

All-star Lance McCullers Jr. is none too happy about MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s plan to limit the number of mound visits per game.

That’s not particularly surprising — but where the righty is directing his anger? Well, that raises a few eyebrows.

In a since-deleted tweet, the pitcher took dead aim at none other than ESPN and its morning shout show, “First Take.”

McCullers, who won Game 7 of the World Series for the Astros, didn’t stop there.

This tweet was also deleted.

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A valid McCullers point is the concern over sign-stealing, usually from a runner on second base. Many times, that’s why pitchers and catchers have their conferences.

We can be sure that nobody’s going to be overly happy with the rules changes; they’re a work in progress.

But McCullers would be better served worrying about opposing hitters rather than the number of mound visits.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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11-time Michigan Emmy winner
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Emerson College
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The Longest Year: One Family's Journey Of Life, Death, And Love/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions
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