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. There has also been talk about expanding rosters to 26, extending time a player can be on the disabled list, but the two biggest rule changes are the three-batter minimum for pitchers and a universal DH.
Major League Baseball is drawing a line between an injury and a disability with its decision to change the name of the "disabled list".
"As a result, Major League Baseball has agreed to change the name 'Disabled List" to be the 'Injured List" at both the major and minor league levels.
"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. The most notable changes that jumped out to baseball fans were the union's proposal for a universal designated hitter and the league's proposal that all pitchers must face a minimum of three hitters per appearance. "In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List, '" Pfeifer wrote".More news: Storm Erik close in on Northern Ireland - warnings in place
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"I think it's a huge step for the disability community", Ruderman said, "and it looks at the fact that being disabled is part of the human condition, and disabled people deserve to have their human rights recognized like any other minority group".
The rules of the list reportedly will remain the same, so this marks a simple name change. "I think we've got a great game, and I think that with some improvements it will be even a better game". Adding a player to the active roster would create 30 new big-league jobs for players. Rosters held only 21 players, which, when injuries mounted, forced some players back into action before they were fully healthy. Players want the designated hitter expanded to the National League.
Major League Baseball and the players' union have discussed in recent years reviving the 15-day distinction for pitchers, who are the subject of more roster reconfiguration than position players.