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http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/15633876/mlb-competition-committee-agrees-changes-strike-zone-intentional-walks

A new strike zone could be on baseball's horizon and the old-fashioned intentional walk could be a thing of the past after both were agreed to by the competition committee at Major League Baseball's owners meetings this week, sources said.

The potentially dramatic changes could be in effect by next season.

The committee agreed on a motion to effectively raise the lower part of the strike zone to the top of the hitter's knees, sources said. The current rules stipulate that the zone begins at "the hollow beneath the kneecap," but the change is a reaction to a trend by umpires to call strikes on an increasing number of pitches below the knees.

The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.

The two changes can't go into effect unless they are approved by baseball's playing rules committee, which is chaired by New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and made up of a cross-section of baseball executives. Sources said the changes would also be presented to the MLB Players Association as part of negotiations for a new labor agreement. However, the playing rules committee isn't required to have the union sign off on the changes. So they could take effect next season whether or not the union agrees to them.

Both changes are designed to address concerns by commissioner Rob Manfred and others about pace of play and one of the commissioner's favorite terms, "pace of action." The end of the traditional intentional walk would eliminate dead time. However, the adjustment in the strike zone is designed to produce more balls in play, more baserunners and more action at a time when nearly 30 percent of hitters in the average game either walk or strike out, the highest rate of "non-action" in history.

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I like it. I have been saying for years that they need to re-visit the pitchers mound. It's something that has been fiddled with multiple times in the history of the game as a way to adjust offensive output. I think they should lower the mound which would decrease pitch velocity and allow for more balls in play. Although, in the age of the radar gun, I am guessing reducing MPH is not something baseball will consider.

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Make the hitters stay in the batter's box after every pitch. These guys have killed the game adjusting their gloves, helmet, cup, chew, after every pitch.

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Enforce the pitch clock.  I think there is a rule somewhere that a pitcher has 12 seconds (I think it's 12) from the time he gets the ball back to the next pitch.

 

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On 6/9/2016 at 6:19 PM, Enon Bengal said:

Make the hitters stay in the batter's box after every pitch. These guys have killed the game adjusting their gloves, helmet, cup, chew, after every pitch.

I though they made that rule change this year. I am pretty sure the batters are not allowed to arbitrarily leave the batters box between pitches anymore.. 

 

Here is the rule from MLB.com

 

02. Batter's Box Rule

The batter shall keep at least one foot in the batter's box throughout his at-bat, unless one of a series of established exceptions occurs, in which case the batter may leave the batter's box but not the dirt area surrounding home plate. (Exceptions include a foul ball or a foul tip; a pitch forcing the batter out of the batter's box; "time" being requested and granted; a wild pitch or a passed ball; and several others.)

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