MLB, players union going to discuss 2018 goals

The major changes under consideration are a pitch clock and a limitation on catcher mound visits.

A pitch clock and limited mound visits are under consideration by MLB to improve pace of play in 2018. LeClaire Manfred is free to unilaterally institute changes under MLB’s collective bargaining agreement, but he has consistently expressed a desire to reach a settlement with the union before new rules are implemented.

The clock currently being proposed by the commissioner’s office would allow for 20 seconds between offerings for big leaguers — or two seconds fewer than the average of 22 seconds between pitches in 2017.