MLB rumors: Major rule changes to DH, trade deadline, others being proposed

The National League Is Definitely Getting The DH Soon

The National League Is Definitely Getting The DH Soon

This change could entice two-sport athletes to stick with baseball.

The change is being made out of concern that the current term, "disabled", falsely conflates disabilities with injuries that limit a player's participation and result in a temporary inability to compete.

Most of the rule changes listed in Jeff Passan's tweet above were ones proposed by the league, while the Players Association countered with ideas of there own on Friday. Mixing, or making similar the terms "disabled" and "injury" could infer an inability to participate in sports.

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 DL will now be known as the "injured list" according to an ESPN report, which cited a source familiar with the MLB's plan.




The way Major League Baseball is played, managed and watched could all be quite different in the near future if the substantial rule changes being discussed by the league and the MLB players' union are enacted.

The rules of the list reportedly will remain the same, so this marks a simple name change.

In 2011, Major League Baseball started a seven-day list specifically for concussions.

The reasoning makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider that the other major sports don't call their injury lists "disabled lists". The National League created the first "disabled list" in 1915, which allowed players to sit out but retain their roster spot - and, crucially, their salaries - for 10 days. The union has expressed interest in 15 days for pitchers - who are typically the subject of roster manipulation - and 10 days for position players.

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