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 Posted: Wed Mar 1st, 2017 04:44 am
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Continuing their efforts to improve pace of play, Major League Baseball hopes to implement a pair of rule changes in 2017 designed to hasten instant replay review, two officials with direct knowledge told Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Pending approval from clubs, which are still reviewing the pitch-less intentional walk rule reportedly approved last week by the MLBPA, managers will be required to signal for a challenge within 30 seconds this season, while the umpire in the New York replay booth will have a two-minute time limit to make a ruling.

Additional rule changes could be looming, as commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he plans to meet with MLBPA executive director Tony Clark and a handful of players to discuss potential changes for the 2018 campaign.

"I hope we have a nice robust dialogue with the players," Manfred said. "I hope they come forward with their ideas on what’s going to happen. My biggest single hope is that we make an agreement for what we’re going to do in 2018."

Manfred, who is also thought to be keen to introduce pitch clocks, limit visits to the mound, and raise the strike zone, can unilaterally implement rule changes for 2018 - he intimated last week he wouldn't hesitate to do so, either - but said he'd prefer to get the players on board.

"It's always important to have direct communication with players on issues that affect the play on the field," he said. "We want an agreement with the players That’s what works best when we're dealing with something between the white lines. We’re intent on pursuing the process through, and getting ourselves an agreement with them on a set of changes.

"My hope is to get an agreement. If we don't get an agreement, we'll figure out where we are at that point in time."