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Press Release

02/25/2016 12:00 PM ET
MLBPA executive director Tony Clark statements regarding second base slide rule and pace of game

Fort Myers, Fla. -- Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark issued the following statements concerning today's announced changes to the second base slide rule and pace of game changes.

Slide Rule

"Our goal in amending the slide rule was to enhance player safety, reduce incidents of injury and to do it in a way that respects and preserves the bona fide hustle plays that are integral to our game. I am optimistic that this new rule will accomplish those goals."

Pace of Game

"Last year's pace of game experiment yielded positive trends that we hope to repeat in 2016."

"Our agreement for this year carries forward rules that were effective last season, and also introduces some new concepts that are aimed at making further improvements."

"Most importantly, we received and relied upon on tremendous input from players all across the league who care deeply about striking a balance between promoting our game and protecting its fundamental character."