Players want the designated hitter expanded to the National League. Manfred, however, said he remains open to major changes as part of an extension of the current deal.
I think we are at a point where we have a dialogue going with the players' association - a dialogue that we've been looking to have - and I'm hopeful that we will continue the process of change, in terms of inducing additional action in the game, improving the pace of game.
The "injured list" now includes a 10-day version (changed from a 15-day version in 2017) and a 60-day version that teams can use depending on the severity of a player's injury.
Jeff Pfeifer, MLB's senior director of league economics and operations, notified clubs of the name change in a memo written in December.
ESPN first reported one proposal includes a study to lower the pitching mound. "As a result, Major League Baseball has agreed to change the name "Disabled List" to be the 'Injured List" at both the major and minor league levels.
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"In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List, '" Pfeifer wrote".
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday the DH rule will not be expanded to the NL in 2019, and while that request by the MLBPA was a long shot to implement this season, a couple of proposed rule changes are still under consideration. All standards and requirements for placement, reinstatement, etc., shall remain unchanged.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Thursday, citing a source familiar with the plan, that Major League Baseball will rename the DL as the "injured list" ahead of the 2019 season.
ESPN said the change, which is effective immediately, came at the urging of disability advocacy groups. While the three-batter minimum could cause the loss of jobs for some traditional left-handed specialists, the roster expansion to 26 players - bringing 30 extra big league jobs - could be an enticement for union to agree.