Major League Baseball hoping to invigorate the sport with rule changes

Commissioner Rob Manfred

Commissioner Rob Manfred

Among the proposed changes, the union requested a universal designated hitter be implemented ahead of the 2019 season, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

On Jan. 14, the league sent proposed rule changes to the union, the biggest of which involved requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters before they can be removed from a game.

But following three years of attendance drops and with the sport in the midst of the second slow free agent market, both sides are more willing than last offseason to exchange ideas. "And I hope we can focus on some of the issues that need to get resolved quickly in the interim".

I think we are at a point where we have a dialogue going with the players' association - a dialogue that we've been looking to have - and I'm hopeful that we will continue the process of change, in terms of inducing additional action in the game, improving the pace of game.

Clubs were notified of the change in a December 20 memo to clubs from Jeff Pfeifer, senior director of league economics and operations in the commissioner's office.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the USA and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball.

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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said a designated hitter is not coming to the National League quite yet.

"In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List, '" Pfeifer wrote".

Although the name is changing, rules and procedures for the "injured list" will remain the same.

The major leagues have had disabled lists of 10 and 60 days, plus a seven-day list only for players with concussions.

ESPN said the change, which is effective immediately, came at the urging of disability advocacy groups. Major League Baseball recently suggested the three-batter minimum rule to the players union.

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