Major League Baseball deems 'disabled list' too offensive

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Larger issues such as the DH and changes to the amateur draft will be for talks to determine the next collective bargaining agreement.

"We want players signed, particularly star players".

The league will be making the change out of concern that the expression "disabled" falsely compares disabilities with injuries.

Baseball owners and players are hoping to invigorate the sport with rule changes, though some of the more radical ideas under consideration are not likely to be adapted for this season.

"Usually when we confront businesses or any other big organization, we get pushback".

Among them, according to an ESPN report, is a universal designated hitter; a three-batter minimum for pitchers; one trade deadline before the All-Star break; a 20-second pitch clock; and expanding rosters to 26 with a 12-pitchers maximum.

"Repeated pitching changes obviously take a lot of time", Manfred said Friday. "The idea of relievers having to go longer is appealing in terms of promoting the role of the starting pitcher, encouraging pitchers to pitch a little longer at the beginning of the game".

"We're hopeful that we see a rebound from previous year but, again, hard to predict at this point", he said.

"I do think that negative commentary surrounding the game that is not factually supported can have an impact on attendance - assertions about clubs not trying to win and the like, I think that's not helpful", he said.

Heeding the words of disability rights advocates, Major League Baseball has renamed the roster designation for players recovering from injury. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals. But in terms of precise changes, it's just impossible for me to predict at this point in the process.