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MLB changes intentional walk rule requiring only dugout signal

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Sep 14, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (20) calls out for an intentional walk on New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (20) calls out for an intentional walk on New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Major League Baseball is desperately trying to speed up the game, and it has reportedly finally fixed one of its most pressing issues in this respect: intentional walks.

Sarcasm aside, sources have told ESPN’s Howard Bryant that the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and Major League Baseball have agreed to no longer require a pitcher throw four pitches outside of the strike zone to intentionally walk a batter. The new rule would only ask the pitcher’s dugout to signal that an intentional pass will be given, and then the batter would simply take his base.

According to baseball insiders, this rule change would save a whole minute of dead time per intentional walk. In baseball last season, there were only 932 intentional walks (about one every 2.6 games), and those numbers are actually in decline from previous years.

Earlier in the month, Major League Baseball suggested a couple of rule changes to accelerate the game – this one being one of them. Thankfully, the strike zone shrinkage idea did not gain much traction with the players.

Commissioner Rob Manfred held a press conference early Tuesday and sounded a bit upset that certain proposed changes wouldn’t be accepted due to “lack of cooperation from the MLBPA.”

Apparently the intentional walk rule change was the exception as it has reportedly received support from both the MLBPA and MLB.

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Although not official yet, the new rule should be announced soon, as it would go into effect this season. Spring Training games are literally starting this week, so umpires and team managers will need to know officially what the rules will be.

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