Major League Baseball will rename disabled list as 'injured list'

Lynette Rowe
February 9, 2019

There has also been talk about expanding rosters to 26, extending time a player can be on the disabled list, but the two biggest rule changes are the three-batter minimum for pitchers and a universal DH.

Major League Baseball says it's concerned the term "disabled" can confuse a player's injury with the "inability to participate in sports".

The way Major League Baseball is played, managed and watched could all be quite different in the near future if the substantial rule changes being discussed by the league and the MLB players' union are enacted.

According to ESPN, "The league will make the change out of concern that the term "disabled" for injured players falsely conflates disabilities with injuries and an inability to participate in sports".

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"In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the "Disabled List", Pfeifer wrote". Some people thought it was a good step toward inclusion and an example of a progressive society. It's the "injured reserve list" in NFL and NHL, the "inactive list" in the NBA.

The list is used as a method for teams to remove injured players from their rosters as they recover so they can replace them with healthy players.

The injured list has existed in some form since the early days of professional baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus.

The modern disabled list was born in 1966, when players could sit out in 15-, 21- or 30-day increments. MLB's "disabled list" got its name in 1915, so the jargon was a bit dated. The union has expressed interest in 15 days for pitchers - who are typically the subject of roster manipulation - and 10 days for position players.

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