Report: MLB could see changes to strike zone, intentional walks
A competitions committee agreed to adjustments at Major League Baseball’s owners meetings that would alter the current strike zone and move away from the traditional intentional walk, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.
The lower portion of the strike zone may be moved from below the hitter’s kneecap to the top of the hitter’s knees. Umpires have drawn criticism for calling low strikes.
The four throws outside of the strike zone that signal an intentional walk may be done away. Under the proposed changes, a team may soon be able to signal to the umpire its intention to walk a batter and immediately send him to first base.
Any changes would need to be approved by baseball's playing rules committee. The MLB Players Association may also have a say on any move as part of negotiations for a new labor agreement. Stark reports that if approved, the changes could take effect as early as next season.
Commissioner Rob Manfred has been a big proponent for helping move forward the pace of play in baseball.