Goold gives thoughts on MLB’s proposed rule changes, talks Oquendo’s role

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred

St. Louis Post-Dispatch lead Cardinals beat writer, Derrick Goold, called into The Writers’ Block from Jupiter, Fla., where he’s covering the Redbirds as the team gets set to kick off spring training.

Goold discussed a number of topics, including Major League Baseball’s proposed rule changes.

Read a couple excerpts and listen to the complete interview here:

On the proposal to raise the strike zone:

“You’re going to bring it up to hitters and they’re going to start salivating, because they’ll see fewer hard ground balls to third base, fewer double plays and they’ll see higher slugging percentages…Whereas pitchers, especially pitchers who pitch for the Cardinals are going to say, ‘Wait a minute, that’s where we make our money.’ That’s exactly where they want to pitch, that’s where they’re taught to pitch, that’s where the team’s philosophy is about pitching. It’s going to be a very partisan opinion.”