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How MLB is trying to make baseball less boring

It's no secret that baseball can get pretty boring. The typical game now is 22 minutes longer than it was in 1980. And MLB, led by commissioner Rob Manfred, is trying to fix that.

A proposed rule this season aims to change intentional walks. The pitcher wouldn't throw four unhittable pitches to walk the batter; instead, managers can just signal from the dugout. The rule is expected to be official soon.

This probably won't shorten games by much, but there are plenty of other parts Manfred says could be trimmed.

Like when players meet on the mound. Right now, catchers and infielders can talk to the pitcher without restrictions, but Manfred wants to change that.

RELATED: Check out some photos from the MLB Spring training:

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FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the Boston Red Sox waits for his turn in the batting cage during spring training workouts on February 22, 2017 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Colorado Rockies run through conditioning before their workout during Spring Training February 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Washington Nationals second baseman Wilmer Difo (1) stretches out during morning workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fl on February 21, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Texas Rangers first baseman Josh Hamilton plays catch during spring training in Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 21: Michael Kopech #78 pitches during spring training workouts on February 19, 2017 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Blake Swihart #23, Sandy Leon #3, Christian Vazquez #7; Jake DePew #77; Dan Butler #70, and Jordan Procyshen #80 of the Boston Red Sox look on during a team workout on February 21, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Colorado Rockies Spring Training February 20, 2017 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) takes batting practice at Rangers spring training on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 in Surprise, Ariz. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during a team workout on February 20, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) talks with his teammates during the first official workout for position players at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fl on February 19, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez photo bombs a Big Three portrait of Boston Red Sox starting pitchers Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price during Picture Day on day seven of Red Sox Spring Training at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL on Feb. 19, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 19: Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox hits in the batting cage during spring training workouts on February 19, 2017 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers looks on and smiles during Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown complex on February 18, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Houston Astros Pitcher Mike Fiers (54) throws the ball during a Houston Astros spring training workout at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 18, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Houston Astros Manager A.J. Hinch (14) speaks with media during a Houston Astros spring training workout at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 18, 2017. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL- FEBRUARY 18: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox gets a hug from his son Cole, 4, during a break in practice on February 18, 2017 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) gets ready to take ground balls and batting practice at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fl on February 17, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox catches a fly ball during a team workout on February 18, 2017 at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida . (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Shane Greene #61 (R) of the Detroit Tigers talks with teammates on the pitchers mound during Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown complex on February 16, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The signing of Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli Rangers was announced on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at spring training in Surprise, Ariz. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 15: A general view of the field from inside an empty batting cage during the Detroit Tigers Spring Training workouts at the TigerTown complex on February 15, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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MLB also wants pitchers to stop taking so long between pitches, so it's considering a 20-second pitch clock when no one is on base.

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But the league needs permission from the players' union to put those rules in place. Right now, that's not happening.

"The game has been eerily similar for a long time, and as soon as you start putting rules and regulations in place that start to affect the game on the field, you've got to be careful," MLB Players' Association Executive Director Tony Clark told the Kansas City Star in 2015.

This means those rules won't happen in 2017.

"I'm disappointed that we could not get the MLBPA to agree to modest rule changes, like limits on trips to the mound that have little effect on the competitive character of the game," Manfred said at a Feb. 21 press conference.

Manfred still has plenty of power. Now that he's told the union the changes he wants, he can amend next year's rulebook himself, whether the players like it or not.

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