Manfred: No DH or draft changes in 2019

Ruben Holloway
February 9, 2019

He hinted that other rule change proposals like applying universal DH and tweaking the amateur draft will likely be tabled for the next collective bargaining agreement which expires at the end of the 2021 season. "And I hope we can focus on some of the issues that need to get resolved quickly in the interim".

The Major League Baseball Players Association responded last Friday with its own comprehensive proposal that addressed the players' concerns on competitive integrity and service-time manipulation in multifaceted fashion, sources said.

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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. "I wish they were signed and ready to go", Manfred said.

Making pitchers face a minimum of three batters would cut down on the number of pitching changes teams use per game, particularly in the month of September when rosters are expanded to 40 men. "I think we've got a great game, and I think that with some improvements it will be even a better game". The union wants its use at the big league level delayed until 2020.

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"We're hopeful that we see a rebound from a year ago but, again, hard to predict at this point", he said.

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Teams will wear a special patch to mark the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, and there will be special hats on opening day. "I think that we recognize that the media landscape is changing quickly and if somebody is going to be managing that changing landscape, we just as soon that it be us", Manfred said.

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