Rule should give teams more flexibility

There are two conditions on Major League Baseball's bereavement rule that need some tweaking.

Updated: July 12, 2004, 2:14 PM ET
By Rick Sutcliffe | Special to ESPN Insider
Baseball's bereavement rule is in place to help players deal with family emergencies, and while that is definitely a good thing the rule needs some tweaking.

The rule states that players can leave the team in the event of a death in the family, but there are two conditions on the rule that need some changing.

Rick Sutcliffe serves as an ESPN Major League Baseball analyst, appearing on Wednesday night telecasts, select ESPN Radio broadcasts, as well as Baseball Tonight.