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MLB Proposes 3-Batter Minimum For Pitchers

MLB Proposes 3-Batter Minimum For Pitchers”

MLB and its players union are discussing major rules changes that, if implemented, would dramatically affect the game on the field and off it, according to multiple reports Tuesday. A 20-second pitch clock would be great for making the game move a lot faster.

The union hopes that an earlier trade deadline, and only one deadline as opposed to the July 31 non-waiver deadline and the August 31 deadline in which players must first clear waivers, would motivate teams to be more aggressive in free agency and emphasize the first half of the season.

The universal DH makes a lot of sense here, as the National League is now at a massive disadvantage when it comes to luring older free agent hitters that can still swing it but can no longer play the field.

Last month, Major League Baseball made a proposal to the players union suggesting a rule that required pitchers to face a minimum of three batters, reports The Athletic.

A reduction in mound visits from six to five.

Major League Baseball will rename the disabled list as the "injured list", a source familiar with the plan told ESPN. The pitch-clock would penalize pitchers or hitters who stall between pitches with a ball or a strike call.

Owners meetings are scheduled for this week and spring training begins next week.

The union's proposals reportedly would give improved draft position to high-performing, lower-revenue teams while penalizing teams that repeatedly lose a large number of games. Since 1973, baseball has operated with different rules for the National and American Leagues - with pitchers hitting in the former, but not the latter - and necessitating shifting rules and roster manipulation for interleague and World Series games. It is customary under present rules for managers to use a relief pitcher for one out, even if that at-bat requires just one pitch.



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