Possible MLB rule changes may have little effect on Pirates

Possible MLB rule changes may have little effect on Pirates

Major League Baseball has proposed that a team not be allowed to bring in a reliever until the previous pitcher has faced three batters or an inning ends.

One change in terminology was announced: Deputy commissioner Dan Halem said Major League Baseball is changing the name of its disabled lists to "injured lists" at the suggestion of advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link20 Network. The group in late 2018 wrote to Billy Bean, an Major League Baseball vice resident and special assistant to the commissioner, about misconceptions perpetuated by the term "disabled list", conflating an injured individual with a healthy disabled person and suggesting disabled people are unfit to play sports.

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

"The change is due to the league's concern that the term "'disabled' falsely conflates disabilities with injuries and an inability to participate in sports", ESPN reported.

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The addition of the DH to the National League would put both leagues under the same rule but also create more jobs for hitters. "In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List, '" Pfeifer wrote". Some people thought it was a good step toward inclusion and an example of a progressive society. "They say, 'It's overblown, ' or, 'What you're saying is fringe.' But not baseball". The combination of these grievances has sparked these discussions of rule changes, despite the sides remaining in the middle of a collective bargaining agreement. Teams can place players on the list for 10 days or 60 days, in which case a ballclub can add a player through free agency, trade or promotion from the minors as a replacement.

In 2011, Major League Baseball started a seven-day list specifically for concussions.

Among the proposed changes, the union requested a universal designated hitter be implemented ahead of the 2019 season, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The modern disabled list was born in 1966, when players could sit out in 15-, 21- or 30-day increments.

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