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Manfred says no DH or changes to draft likely this season

10 February, 2019, 15:25 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Major changes to baseball's rulebook could be in the offing as Major League Baseball and its players association engaged in talks about rules proposals that would equate to an overhaul.

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. The combination of these grievances has sparked these discussions of rule changes, despite the sides remaining in the middle of a collective bargaining agreement.

Manfred said that league leadership is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 instead. The universal DH is something the player's union wants.

The batter minimum and the 20-second pitch clock would help to speed up the game, and commissioner Rob Manfred and implement the pitch-clock rule without the union's approval.

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"Those are significant economic issues".

Basically, the no-DH style is the way baseball has been played for a long time, and the baseball purists are adamantly against this kind of change. "I think that there are pieces of their response on the on-field proposal that were very encouraging".

Last offseason, negotiations were hampered by player anger over the slow free-agent market. "I wish they were signed and ready to go". "We got another week before they have to report". Both proposals are created to shorten games and remain on the table as talks continue. They'll handle it. They'll reduce the risk on their investments in starting pitchers - some of the game's biggest stars, as Manfred acknowledged Friday - if those guys don't have to bat and run the bases anymore, and any fan would choose a DH's at-bat over a pitcher's. "I think that we recognize that the media landscape is changing quickly and if somebody is going to be managing that changing landscape, we just as soon that it be us", Manfred said.

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