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Sport Report: MLB, union to discuss pace-of-play changes next week

00:21  05 january  2018
00:21  05 january  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Major League Baseball is trying to pick up its pace of play amid an abnormally slow offseason. The league and the MLB Players Association will reportedly meet in New York next week to discuss pace - of - play initiatives that would likely be put into effect on Opening Day

Major League Baseball officials are expected to meet with representatives from the MLB Players Association next week to discuss potential rules changes to improve the pace of play in 2018, a source told MLB .com on Thursday.Still unclear is Source: MLB , union to discuss pace next week .

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Major League Baseball is trying to pick up its pace of play amid an abnormally slow offseason.

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The league and the MLB Players Association will reportedly meet in New York next week to discuss pace-of-play initiatives that would likely be put into effect on Opening Day, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

While it's possible many different proposals could be discussed at the meeting, Crasnick reports that pitch clocks and and limiting catchers' mound visits are the biggest potential changes on the docket.

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Source: MLB , union to discuss pace changes . 2y Jerry Crasnick. Commissioner Rob Manfred made improved pace of play a priority even before the average game time Umpires will meet at their annual retreat in Arizona in two weeks , and the next quarterly owners meeting is scheduled for Feb.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that MLB has begun discussions with the players' association over Manfred, union talking pace - of - play changes . Hats off to Tony and the players on that, and I remain confident that we will have changes for next year on the issue of pace of game

Pace of play has been a priority of commissioner Rob Manfred since he took over in 2015. Last season, the average time of an MLB game rose to 3 hours and five minutes, representing a nearly four-and-a-half minute increase from 2016, The Associated Press reported in October.

Although Manfred has the unilateral power to enforce pace-of-play changes without approval from the union, the commissioner reiterated in November that his "preferred path (to pace-of-play rules) is a negotiated agreement with the players."

Related: Manfred expects pace of play changes in 2018 'one way or the other'

MLB has taken steps to combat the increasing pace of play in previous years, most notably with the institution of a countdown clock between innings beginning in 2015.

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Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, but there will be no pitch clock this season. After consulting with the MLB Players Association and all 30 clubs, MLB announced its slate of rules changes , among them a

After recent discussions with Major League Baseball , the MLB Players Association has rejected the most recent proposal regarding pace of play rules, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. MLB would have the Report : MLBPA rejects pace of play changes . By Mark Feinsand.

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With or Without the Players' Approval, MLB Intends to Implement Pitch Clock and Other Pace of Play Improvements in 2018 .
With negotiations on pace of play at an impasse, Major League Baseball has put its players on the clock.&nbsp;The most recent proposal by MLB to the players included:

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