MLB is set to implement rule changes for 2023, including the pitch clock, per report

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The Major League Baseball Competition Committee will hold a vote on potential rule changes for the 2023 season at noon ET on Friday, and it is expected that a few changes will receive widespread attention. The league is set to implement larger rules, pitch clocks and restrictions on defensive shifting, According to The Athletic.

stadium clock

The goal of a court clock is to cut the “downtime” as short as possible, especially when there are no runners at the base and the pitcher is standing on the hill holding the baseball. This has been tested in the palace for a few years and there weren’t many major complaints.

According to the report, the clock will be 30 seconds among the hitters. The catcher must be in his box and ready with nine seconds left on the timer while the batter must have both feet in the box and be “awake to the bowler” within eight seconds of starting the clock.

The pitchers can still come off the rubber, which could reset the clock to 20 seconds if there was a primary runner and 15 seconds if there wasn’t. However, they are only allowed to do this twice per dough.

The rules are obviously more detailed and specific, So please check out the full report if you are interested.

change the rules

Transformation has been a hot topic for years, particularly the “transformation ban” discussions. Heading into Thursday, the league’s batting average was a paltry 0.243, and while an adequate portion of that lag for high batting seasons is hits, the average batting in play is 0.90 (it was 0.300 in 2000). . The line of reasoning goes that if defenses shift lower, more balls will have open points which leads to a higher hit rate for balls during play and more movement on the field.

According to the report:

  • When firing each pitch, there must be at least four defenders – other than the battery – with both feet within the outer limits of the dirt on the playing field.
  • When launching the playing field, there must be two players of the four on each side of the second base.
  • The team must assign two players to each side of the second base and cannot switch (for example, the team cannot move a stud defender back and forth based on the hitter’s hand).

bigger bases

The bases have been 15 inches square on each side for decades and the size will increase to 18 inches on each side. There is a list of reasons to change, among them that players’ feet are much larger now than they were when the bases were designed, which could increase movement on base lanes (making it easier to steal bases or take extra base on strikes) and possibly make it easier for players to stay in 2nd and 3rd place in close games rather than a long restart to see if a player has barely made it out of the bag for a split second.