NEW YORK -- Baseball's strike zone could be getting a slight lift.
Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap.
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During an interview with The Associated Press on his anniversary as baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred said Monday: "I'm not in a position to predict whether it's going to happen or not."
Strike zone data was included in a presentation given to owners at their meeting last week. An agreement with the players' association would be necessary to make a change for this year.
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The debate comes following a decade-and-a-half decline in offense before a slight uptick in the second half last season.
"The bottom to the top of the knees is only a matter of a couple inches, so it wouldn't be a big adjustment for anybody," San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford said in an email.
"But, it may help hitters mentally knowing that the zone is a little smaller (even if only by a couple inches). It could help us check off pitches that look like they might be at the bottom of the zone but are sinking even lower."