MLB owners, players are talking rule changes to invigorate baseball

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Manfred first proposed the pitch clock before last season but the idea was shot down by players.

Spring training begins for pitchers and catchers next week and Opening Day is 50 days away, but Major League Baseball and the players association are considering jamming in significant rules changes for the regular season.

The major leagues have had disabled lists of 10 and 60 days, plus a seven-day list only for players with concussions.

Major League Baseball also wants to limit mound visits from six to four during a game and then down to three visits starting in 2020. Players want the designated hitter expanded to the National League.

There's also a proposed change that appears to be in direct response to Kyler Murray's situation. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB now features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports.

But following three years of attendance drops and with the sport in the midst of the second slow free agent market, both sides are more willing than last offseason to exchange ideas. "I think we've got a great game, and I think that with some improvements it will be even a better game". "And I hope we can focus on some of the issues that need to get resolved quickly in the interim".

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"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.

Clubs were notified of the change in a December 20 memo to clubs from Jeff Pfeifer, senior director of league economics and operations in the commissioner's office.

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.

Bean within weeks wrote back to Link20 leaders that he agreed, Ruderman said, and before the end of the year, baseball had officially ditched the "disabled list" moniker.

The "injured list" now includes a 10-day version (changed from a 15-day version in 2017) and a 60-day version that teams can use depending on the severity of a player's injury.