Major League Baseball and Union Discussing Massive Rule Changes That Will Seriously Impact Game

Major League Baseball and Union Discussing Massive Rule Changes That Will Seriously Impact Game

Major League Baseball and Union Discussing Massive Rule Changes That Will Seriously Impact Game

A universal designated hitter - something the players have sought for more than three decades, according to commissioner Rob Manfred - also was part of the union's proposal.

Amid rising tensions between Major League Baseball and the MLB Player's Association, the two sides have been meeting about some major rule changes that could fundamentally alter many aspects of baseball as we know it. A 20-second pitch clock would be great for making the game move a lot faster.

However, the negotiation reportedly includes forcing relief pitchers to face a minimum of three batters. The union has expressed interest in 15 days for pitchers - who are typically the subject of roster manipulation - and 10 days for position players.

A rule, which would be tested in spring training and the All-Star Game, in which each half-inning in extra innings would begin with a runner on second base.

Draft advantages for winning teams and penalties for losing teams.


As is the case every offseason in recent years, Major League Baseball and its Players Association have discussed some rule changes for the upcoming season.

Top baseball officials have criticized the union publicly in the past for not showing a willingness to come to the bargaining table, even as top union officials have criticized some owners over a perceived lack of competitiveness.

Many of these rule changes, such as the universal DH and the three-batter minimum for pitchers, are to promote offense, while the single trade deadline and expansion of rosters should help to increase fairness within the game-picking up additional pieces just before the home stretch in August, like Justin Verlander, will no longer be tolerated.

Baseball often is resistant to change, but many of these new rules would improve the quality of the game and make it a little more challenging to manage, all of which could create a more exciting and faster-moving product for fans to enjoy.

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