Major League Baseball Doing Away with 'Disabled' List

Major League Baseball Doing Away with 'Disabled' List

Recent talks between MLB and the Players Association have centered around implementing a designated hitter in the National League, changing active rosters to 26 players, and other topics. Also on the list of rules under consideration is moving away from multiple trade deadlines - now there is a non-waiver deadline in July, plus the waivers-required date a month later.

Those changes include the introduction of a 20-second pitch clock, a reduction in mound visits from six to five, and the placement of a baserunner on second base when spring training games - and the All-Star Game - reach extra innings.

A rule that would permit two-sport athletes, such as Kyler Murray, to sign major league contracts as enticement to play baseball.

Manfred, who has made speeding the pace of Major League Baseball games a priority in recent seasons, first proposed the pitch clock before last season. The pitch-clock would penalize pitchers or hitters who stall between pitches with a ball or a strike call. Major League Baseball recently suggested the three-batter minimum rule to the players union. The three-batter minimum and the 12-pitcher limit on rosters would both reduce the frequency of pitching changes.

"We would prefer more action and more offense, " St. Louis Cardinals chairman William DeWitt Jr. said Thursday at the owners meetings. In one proposed scenario, teams that fail to meet a specified win threshold over a number of seasons would fall in draft position. 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.

The ideas come against the backdrop of the union's concerns about teams trying to manipulate players' service time, often by keeping them in the minor leagues.

The union has long backed the adoption of the DH in the NL, under the thinking that those jobs would largely go to veteran hitters at higher salaries.

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