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MLB wants to change the rules, so let’s talk about it

Manfred’s rule changing mission continues

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Discusses State Of Baseball At National Press Club Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Say what you want about Rob Manfred, but don’t call him someone who is fine with the way things are. He’s push on a hard push to change many MLB rules since he took office. Thanks to Jeff Passan, we have some details on new proposed changes for MLB owners to talk about.

A three-batter minimum for pitchers

While I’m not a fan of using 4 pitchers in an inning, I’m not sure how this will go over. If someone just doesn’t have it, watching them struggle through 3 batters is going to be rough. I get that it’s meant to prevent all the matchup changes, but it could have some bad side effects. Maybe I’d be more in for a 2 batter minimum.

A universal designated hitter

Yes please! I used to hate this and though - the pitchers just need to learn how to hit better. But let’s face it. They don’t. Let’s have the DH everywhere so we don’t have to watch the 9 hole hitter bunt horribly every time they come up.

A single trade deadline before the All-Star break

I’m more of a fan of two deadlines. One at All-Star Break and one maybe in December. Not sure about the one deadline but my feelings aren’t real strong on this one either.

A 20-second pitch clock

Sure. Only when no one is on base. Throw the damn ball!

The expansion of rosters to 26 men, with a 12-pitcher maximum

I like this one. Give another guy a job! Owners won’t like it because they’ll have to pay one more guy 500K+.

Draft advantages for winning teams and penalties for losing teams

This is a STUPID idea that will more often than not benefit juggernauts like the Dodgers, Yankees, Roid Sux, etc. Please make this idea go away. Who came up with this trash? Sure, it will prevent teams from tanking (no it won’t).

A study to lower the mound

A study? Okay. That’s fine. Whatever

A rule that would allow two-sport amateurs to sign major league contracts

Just say no. If an amateur can’t suck it up and sign a minor league contract like everyone else then go let him play football or basketball or whatever else he wants to do. Pay the dues like everyone else buddy!


Which proposed change do you HATE the most?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    3 batter minimum
    (82 votes)
  • 7%
    Universal DH
    (21 votes)
  • 4%
    Single trade deadline
    (13 votes)
  • 5%
    20 second pitch clock
    (15 votes)
  • 3%
    26 man roster
    (9 votes)
  • 40%
    Draft advantage
    (120 votes)
  • 5%
    Mound study
    (17 votes)
  • 7%
    Amateurs signing major league contrcats
    (22 votes)
299 votes total Vote Now