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MLB reportedly pitches two key rule changes in effort to speed up games

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MLB commi sioner Rob Manfred has made no secret of his desire to speed up the pace of play during games, and it appears baseball is trying to take some tangible steps in that direction.ESPN.com reported Monday that MLB submitted proposals to the players’ union last month that would raise the strike zone and eliminate the need for pitchers to deliver four Joe Kelly Jersey balls on an intentional walk. The commi sioner’s office first floated the changes last year but did not submit them to be enacted until January.MORE: The 15 best baseball movies of all time, rankedThe latter initiative would seem to have a greater chance of being enacted, but it also doesn’t figure to make much of an impact on the overall pace of play. ESPN notes that pitchers i sued 932 intentional walks last season, or just one every 5.2 games. But having a batter simply take his base after the decision to i sue an intentional walk is made certainly would speed up the proce s a bit.Any tinkering with the strike zone would be far more controversial and more difficult to https://www.redsoxedge.com/boston-red-sox/jimmie-foxx-jersey enforce, particularly given that zones already vary from umpire to umpire even though everyone is technically following the same rulebook.According to the rulebook, the zone is supposed to run from the “hollow beneath the kneecap” of the batter to the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the pants. The new proposal would raise the bottom of the zone to the top of the batter’s knees.Though shrinking the strike zone could in theory lead to more walks, ESPN says MLB believes it actually will produce more balls in play, and thus more action.If Rusney Castillo Jersey approved by the players, the rulechanges could go into effect for the 2017 season. But that decision would have to come quickly, with spring training games set to begin Feb. 22.

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