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Selig again voiced his concern about maple bats, which appear to shatter more often and more dangerously that their ash counterparts. He said baseball has hired researchers at two universities to study the bats, but no action will be taken this season.
"My concerns are the same," Selig said. "Every game I watch there's a bat splintered. I'm sensitive about it, and we need to move ahead."
Selig said All-Star rosters might be expanded by two pitchers to ensure that position players won't have to pitch if the game goes deep into extra innings. Both teams nearly ran out of pitchers during the American League's 15-inning win at Yankee Stadium in July.
Selig ruled out altering the rules to make an extra-inning All-Star game end faster. At the Beijing Olympics, each team's at-bat in the 11th inning and beyond begins with runners on first and second.
"It's meant to be played to completion," Selig said. "I thought we had forever solved the problem, and we had. Everything we did worked, but we may put an additional safeguard in."
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