ESPN reported on Tuesday night that Major League Baseball has a very, very small change planned for the upcoming season.
Managers will be able to signal from the dugout for an intentional walk, saving a pitcher from throwing four balls out of the strike zone. The MLB players' union has agreed to the change, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Why is that a small change? It won’t save much time.
The rule change means the end of some intentional walks that included unintentional wild pitches.
A sports fan with the Twitter handle DylansFreshTake made a video of times when the intentional walk has gone horribly wrong.
The Society for American Baseball Research tweeted this list of times when a batter has put the ball in play when a pitcher was trying to intentionally walk him.
Here is the time Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single while he was being intentionally walked.
SABR amended the list later, adding this sacrifice fly from the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez in September:
It’ll be the last time we see that, perhaps forever.