MLB Rumors: League Changing Name Of ‘Disabled List’ Before 2019 Season

Sherman Parsons
February 11, 2019

The appeal to change the longstanding terminology, according to Major League Baseball, came from members of "advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link 20 Network".

So National League supporters and baseball purists have until at least 2022 to enjoy watching pitchers step into the batter's box and take some hacks. Both sides will continue to negotiate potential changes to the game during the offseason. After that, however, those fans might have to adapt to some changes. "I think we still have to discover how maybe young pitchers find out how they can get out of trouble instead of going to rescue them when they get in trouble".

What has been known as the "disabled list" for more than five decades, will from now on be referred to as the "injured list".

Jeff Pfeifer, MLB's senior director of league economics and operations, notified clubs of the name change in a memo written in December.

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players' Association exchanged proposals in January for possible rule changes that could create several new wrinkles to the game.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the US and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. All standards and requirements for placement, reinstatement, etc., shall remain unchanged.

Major League Baseball is reportedly renaming its "disabled list" over concerns that the language gives the wrong impression of what it is to have a disability. "This change, which is only a rebranding of the name itself, is effective immediately". While the three-batter minimum could cause the loss of jobs for some traditional left-handed specialists, the roster expansion to 26 players - bringing 30 extra big league jobs - could be an enticement for union to agree.

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