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I envision the MLB Commissioner’s Office, as first occupied by Bud Selig and now Rob Manfred, as having a large rug. And beneath that rug grows a large hump. That’s where MLB sweeps all its problems.

MLB doesn’t fix what ails it. MLB amputates it. Badly diminished skills and senseless, game-changing decisions at the highest, most expensive level? Don’t fight them, surrender to them.

Games have become insufferably slow? Change the greatest American game to incorporate seven-inning second-game doubleheaders and extra innings that begin with runners on second base to artificially try to speed things along.

Whatever it takes to disfigure baseball — as long as you don’t mess with baseball’s lifeblood — once its devoted fans but now whatever-it-takes TV revenue.

(See: Rays’ Kevin Cash, starter Blake Snell, Game 6, last year’s World Series.)

The logically impossible proliferates. Why would Dom Smith lay down an important bunt for the Mets when he never, ever before bunted?

Now we’re headed for the both-leagues designated hitter, meaning that all lineups will include yet another batter who either hits a home run but more likely strikes out trying.

When MLB introduced 8:30 Sunday night baseball for ESPN money, it explained that such late starts would give West Coast fans a chance to see the endings. Baloney! They were never excluded!

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MLB/ESPN mostly scheduled large-market, East Coast games — Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Braves. The games began at 8:30 ET to maximize TV ad revenue in major TV markets, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

MLB’s wonders once included open-endedness, not knowing when or how a game would end. But the games were played quickly, no batting gloves meant no stepping out of the box to adjust them — even after taking a pitch.

And starters and relievers who were pitching well were given the sensible opportunity to continue.

And don’t forget the weak, unfinished rationalization, “The Game has changed.”

Dunking on ESPN’s decisions

ESPN continues to wreck every sport it touches.

Wednesday, the No. 1 Top 10 Play on “SportsCenter” was Texas’s Greg Brown slam-dunking then mean-mugging his fallen Baylor opponent. Did it matter that Texas lost? Nope. Did it matter that Brown was hit with a technical for taunting? Nope.

Within ESPN’s game telecast, Dick Vitale sagely chided Brown for childish, unsportsmanlike play, while on “SportsCenter” came the pandering cry, “Let ’em play!”

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There is a 2019 clip on the internet of a Franklin Pierce University runner easily winning the women’s Division II championship in the 400-meter hurdles.

Aikman doesn’t bash anyone. The furthest he’ll go is to treat significant misconduct calls with, “That wasn’t smart.” And if he had bashed Goff we’d all remember.

Monday, in a highly humane, unusual moment, the Pens’ Evgeni Malkin accidentally caught Ranger Brendan Lemieux in the face with a lifted puck. Lemieux went down and Malkin immediately stopped to see if he was OK. On MSG, neither Sam Rosen nor Joe Micheletti even mentioned what we seldom see.

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Jim Nantz, among the straightest gents in sports, is now reading FanDuel sports gambling come-ons in the midst of CBS telecasts. From, “Hello, friends” to “Hello, suckers.”

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In the first 1:45 of Friday’s Thunder-Nets on YES, five what-the-heck 3-point shots were heaved.

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Phil Mushnick’s new email address is mushnickphilip@gmail.com

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