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.


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