Report: Major League Baseball considering smaller strike zone, quicker intentional walks

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NEW YORK – Throwing four balls for an intentional walk may be a thing of the past.

According to a report from ESPN, Major League Baseball’s competition committee is proposing an expedited process for intentional walks, allowing pitchers to automatically put a man on base in an attempt to speed up the game.

The other rule up for consideration would bring the lower end of the strike zone up from below the knee to above the knee.

Both measures require approval from the rules committee and even if they receive the necessary votes, they would not be implemented until next year.