New Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred had been in office a little more than 12 hours when he made his first wave Sunday, saying one way to add offense to baseball would be to ban the extreme defensive shifts that have become common.
In an interview that aired on ESPN on Sunday morning, Manfred made it clear that examining the pace of the game is first on his list of priorities but that not far behind will be finding ways to "inject additional offense into the game."
Without being prompted, Manfred said, "For example, things like eliminating shifts — I would be open to those sorts of ideas."
Interviewer Karl Ravech pressed him, asking: "Forward-thinking, sabermetric defensive shifts?"
Manfred's response: "We have really smart people working in the game. And they're going to figure out a way to get a competitive advantage. I think it's incumbent on us in the commissioner's office to look at the advantages that are produced and say, 'Is this what we want to happen in the game?'"
Banks' cause of death: heart attack
• Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said. The attorney, Mark Bogen, said Banks suffered the heart attack Friday in Chicago and died later that day. He did not provide any other details.
•Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers reached agreement on a one-year contract. He was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last season.
Ganassi 'star car' wins Rolex 24
Scott Dixon drove a long final leg, leading Chip Ganassi Racing and its "star car" to a record sixth victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The three-time IndyCar champion relieved NASCAR's reigning rookie of the year, Kyle Larson, with 3 hours, 32 minutes remaining in the twice-round-the-clock endurance race. Dixon was tasked with conserving fuel and making no mistakes, and he delivered.
The team of Dixon, Larson, Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray and Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan beat defending race winner Action Express Racing by 1.33 seconds.
McMurray became just the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and the Rolex, joining A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.
AROUND THE HORN
Alpine skiing: Third after the opening leg, Swede Mattias Hargin used a flawless second run in the slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria, to land his first World Cup victory. Hargin posted the second-fastest time in the final run and finished in a total of 1 minute, 43.10 seconds. First-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria overcame a mistake halfway down his final run to finish 0.49 behind in second.
Luge: Natalie Geisenberger claimed her seventh World Cup win in eight races and helped Germany to a third straight weekend sweep with victory in the team relay in Winterberg, Germany.
Bobsled: Oskars Melbardis piloted Latvia's four-man bobsled to a World Cup win in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and extended his lead in the standings.
Freestyle skiing: Slovenian Filip Flisar won the world ski cross title in Kreischberg, Austria, defeating Olympic champion Jean Frederic Chapuis of France in the final. Andrea Limbacher of Austria won the women's gold medal, edging 2007 champion Ophelie David of France in a photo finish.
Ski jumping: Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz defeated Olympic champion Carina Vogt of Germany in a ski jump World Cup in Oberstdorf, Germany, for the second straight day and took the standings lead. Iraschko-Stolz, the Olympic silver medalist, soared 97.5 meters for the day's longest jump with her first effort and 89.5 with her next for a total of 234.3 points. Vogt had jumps of 96.5 and 91.