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AP source: Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits

January 18, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the players’ association has rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games.

Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during a telephone call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

Management has the right to implement the rules changes it proposed last year. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice.

MLB does not intend to make any decision before its next owners’ meetings, scheduled for Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 in Beverly Hills, California.

The union’s decision was first reported by Fox

Spring training games start Feb. 23 and the season opens March 29.

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