Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Universal DH, 3-batter minimum for pitchers among proposed rule changes

Universal DH, 3-batter minimum for pitchers among proposed rule changes

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.

A reduction in mound visits from six to five.

Even if no deal is reached, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to make rule changes. including the addition of a 20-second pitch clock and All-Star Game changes that would put a runner at second if the game is tied after the 10th inning.

A rule that would permit two-sport athletes, such as Kyler Murray, to sign major league contracts as enticement to play baseball. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB now features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. There has also been talk about expanding rosters to 26, extending time a player can be on the disabled list, but the two biggest rule changes are the three-batter minimum for pitchers and a universal DH.

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The news comes as MLB and its players' union continue to discuss potential rule changes throughout the game, including a proposal earlier this week that would bring the designated hitter to the National League and require relief pitchers to face a minimum of three batters. The union has also seen the issue of "tanking" - teams stripping its payroll and hoarding prospects and draft picks - as a fundamental problem.

Of all the proposed changes, the universal DH arguably would be the most significant to the game on the field.

As the report points out, many ideas are often thrown out when sides are bargaining, and chances are that only a few of the proposed changes will be implemented for this season.

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