One change in terminology was announced: Deputy commissioner Dan Halem said Major League Baseball is changing the name of its disabled lists to "injured lists" at the suggestion of advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link20 Network.
Major League Baseball says it's concerned the term "disabled" can confuse a player's injury with the "inability to participate in sports".
The Major League Baseball Players Association reportedly proposed a universal designated hitter as part of its back-and-forth with the league regarding rule changes for the upcoming season, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
"The league will make the change out of concern that the term "disabled" for injured players falsely conflates disabilities with injuries and an inability to participate in sports".
The past two winters, the Players Association has been angered by the lack of spending in free agency, while the league has been raking in more and more money. "In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List, '" Pfeifer wrote". Manfred says he remains focused on potential pace-of-play changes for 2019, which include a 20-second pitch clock and forcing relief pitchers to face a minimum of three batters to cut down on pitching changes. The distinction given from now on is the "injured list". The list will be comprised of a 10-day injured list for short-term injuries, and a 60-day version for long-term injuries. Adding a player to the active roster would create 30 new big-league jobs for players.
A universal designated hitter is something that has been talked about for a number of years and would drastically change how baseball is played in the NL. They were even allowed to travel with their team as a "coacher".
The reasoning makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider that the other major sports don't call their injury lists "disabled lists".
Major League Baseball and the players' union have discussed in recent years reviving the 15-day distinction for pitchers, who are the subject of more roster reconfiguration than position players.