By Tom Verducci
May 13, 2014
Jose Fernandez, 2013's NL Rookie of the Year, was off to a 4-2 start with a 2.44 ERA this season.
Lenny Ignelzi/AP

It's time to act again. We have reached a convergence of the biggest on-field problems affecting baseball: the increase in strikeouts, the drag on offense and pace of play caused by increased bullpen usage and the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries on young pitchers. All of those problems can be addressed by lowering the mound. Baseball shouldn't wait for more young stars to blow out their elbows before deciding to do something about it.

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