MLB may make uni­lat­eral rule changes for 2018

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

PHOENIX - Ma­jor League Base­ball in­tends give the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion the re­quired one-year ad­vance no­tice that would al­low man­age­ment to uni­lat­er­ally change the strike zone, in­stall pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher’s mound start­ing in 2018.

Base­ball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred made the an­nounce­ment Tues­day af­ter union head Tony Clark said he did not fore­see play­ers agree­ing to the changes for 2017. Un­der base­ball’s labour con­tract, man­age­ment can make changes to play­ing rules only with agree­ment from the union — un­less it gives one year no­tice. With the one year of no­tice, man­age­ment can make changes on its own. Man­fred said while he prefers an agree­ment, “I’m also not will­ing to walk away.”

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