As it stated in Major League Baseball has proposed changes to intentional walks and the strike zone, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
If it went through, pitchers would no longer be required to toss four pitches outside the strike zone in order to issue the intentional walk.
The intentional walk proposal is aimed at improving pace of play.
The change in the strike zone could be more impactful, however.
Rather, the team would simply signal that they wanted to issue the intentional walk, and the batter would be sent to first base.
As it stated in Major League Baseball has made formal proposals to the players‘ union to make changes to intentional walks and the strike zone, ESPN.com reported Monday.
Since 1996, the bottom of the strike zone has been defined as “the hollow beneath the kneecap.”
The change in the rule for intentional walks rule would end the long-standing practice of requiring the pitcher to toss four soft pitches outside the strike zone.
The league is proposing to raise the lower part of the strike zone to the top of the hitter’s knees, effectively raising the zone by an estimated 2 inches, according to the report.
The union is currently in the process of getting feedback from the players on the proposed changes, sources told ESPN.
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Report: MLB proposes changes to intentional walk and the strike zone
Here are some details from Stark:MLB’s proposal would raise the lower part of the strike zone to the top of the hitter’s knees.
Instead, a team could just signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be sent directly to first base.
The intentional walk proposal has been floated in the past and really, it won’t have much impact.
Research by Jon Roegele of the Hardball Times has shown the strike zone has grown in recent years, mostly downward below the knees.
It works out to one intentional walk every 46 1/3 innings or so.
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