Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pitchless Intentional Walks May Begin This Week

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hinted that pitchless intentional walks could start within the week, having discussed the still-unofficial free pass rules change ahead of Tuesday's Grapefruit League action.

Manfred said IBB changes may begin shortly.
According to an AP report, Manfred's Major League Baseball Office is nearly through discussing the proposed change with teams, suggesting that the intentional walk with no pitches concept has cleared the MLBPA hurdle that previously drew the Manfred criticism, "there really won't be any meaningful change for the 2017 season due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA," while MLBPA boss Tony Clark said that changes would be "an uphill battle."

Last week, we discussed baseball's sayonara to the four-pitch intentional walk, and revisited some memorable moments from when intentional walks have gone wrong, including a handful of wild pitch mishaps during Major League games, including several that resulted in a baserunner scoring an eventual game-winning run. Click here to see a list of intentional walks-gone-wrong.


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