The union hopes that an earlier trade deadline, and only one deadline as opposed to the July 31 non-waiver deadline and the August 31 deadline in which players must first clear waivers, would motivate teams to be more aggressive in free agency and emphasize the first half of the season.
The Major League Baseball Players Association reportedly proposed a universal designated hitter as part of its back-and-forth with the league regarding rule changes for the upcoming season, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Players want the designated hitter expanded to the National League.
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.
If there is an agreement, drastic changes don't appear likely.
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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. "And I hope we can focus on some of the issues that need to get resolved quickly in the interim".
The appeal to change the longstanding terminology, according to Major League Baseball, came from members of "advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link 20 Network". "I think we've got a great game, and I think that with some improvements it will be even a better game".
Jeff Pfeifer, MLB's senior director of league economics and operations, notified clubs of the name change in a memo written in December. Mixing, or making similar the terms "disabled" and "injury" could infer an inability to participate in sports.
The DL will now be known as the "injured list" according to an ESPN report, which cited a source familiar with the MLB's plan. "In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List, '" Pfeifer wrote". 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.