Report: MLB, union agree to change intentional walk to dugout signal

In an effort to help speed up the pace of play, Major League Baseball and the players’ union have agreed to change the intentional walk to a signal from the dugout, ESPN reports.

Quickening the pace and shortening the length of games has been a key point of emphasis for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, and he believes this will help contribute to that.

Manfred has reportedly proposed raising the strike zone and the Arizona Fall League has even experimented with using a pitch clock to help speed things up.

At the upcoming World Baseball Classic, in an effort to end games that go into extras in a more timely fashion, runners will be placed on first and second base starting in the 11th inning, something Manfred has also expressed interest in playing around with in the Majors.