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


From the league's standpoint, the universal DH figures to be one battle they won't be as determined to fight against.

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. Management proposed changes January 14, the union responded February 1 and the next move is up to Major League Baseball.

Some of these changes would be significant and the fact that the two sides are seriously discussing them means they could come into play in the near future, although there's indications they are unlikely to be in place for 2019.

"It's important to have dialogue to make the game as compelling as possible for the fans", San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer said. "We've got another week to go, and I'm really hopeful that the representatives for the players find a club and they're able to make a deal".

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.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Thursday, citing a source familiar with the plan, that Major League Baseball will rename the DL as the "injured list" ahead of the 2019 season. The change was first reported by ESPN. "The principal concern is that using the term 'disabled" for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports.

Bean within weeks wrote back to Link20 leaders that he agreed, Ruderman said, and before the end of the year, baseball had officially ditched the "disabled list" moniker.

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

The rules of the "injured list" will remain the same as before, and the new moniker actually brings MLB more in line with other major North American sports leagues. Major League Baseball has proposed to the players' association that the 10-day list go back to a 15-day minimum, its level before 2017.