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    MLB in panic mode - rule changes 2023


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    The four infielders must be within the outer boundary of the infield (i.e. cleats in the dirt) when the pitcher is on the rubber.
    Infielders may not switch sides. In other words, a team cannot reposition its best defender on the side of the infield the batter is more likely to hit the ball.
    If the infielders are not aligned properly at the time of the pitch, the offense can choose an automatic ball or the result of the play.
    This rule does not preclude a team from positioning an outfielder in the infield or in the shallow outfield grass in certain situations. But it does prohibit four-outfielder alignments

    The bases, which traditionally have been 15 inches square, will instead be 18 inches square. Home plate is unchanged.

    In an effort to create a quicker pace of play, there will be a 30-second timer between batters. Between pitches, there will be a 15-second timer with the bases empty and a 20-second timer with runners on base.
    The pitcher must begin his motion to deliver the pitch before the expiration of the pitch timer.
    Pitchers who violate the timer are charged with an automatic ball. Batters who violate the timer are charged with an automatic strike.
    Batters must be in the box and alert to the pitcher by the 8-second mark or else be charged with an automatic strike.
    With runners on base, the timer resets if the pitcher attempts a pickoff or steps off the rubber.
    Pitchers are limited to two disengagements (pickoff attempts or step-offs) per plate appearance. However, this limit is reset if a runner or runners advance during the plate appearance.
    If a third pickoff attempt is made, the runner automatically advances one base if the pickoff attempt is not successful.
    Mound visits, injury timeouts and offensive team timeouts do not count as a disengagement.
    If a team has used up all five of its allotted mound visits prior to the ninth inning, that team will receive an additional mound visit in the ninth inning. This effectively serves as an additional disengagement.
    Umpires may provide extra time if warranted by special circumstances. (So if, as an example, a catcher were to be thrown out on the bases to end the previous half-inning and needed additional time to put on his catching gear, the umpire could allow it.)

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    Preventing the f*cken batter from stepping out of the batter's box would cut most game times in half, would be awesome...

    But won't happen..

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    Games are too long to watch on TV. They need to do something to shorten them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacific Square View Post
    Preventing the f*cken batter from stepping out of the batter's box would cut most game times in half, would be awesome...

    But won't happen..
    I agree. Also once a batters gloves are done up you can't redo them for every pitch.

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    and as of today, nobody gives a flying f

    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowball View Post
    and as of today, nobody gives a flying f

    lol
    With a month to go in the regular season, 55 million people have attended a MLB game this year.

    AppleTV is paying $85 million a year for 7 years to show Friday night MLB games.

    Definitely no one gives a flying f

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    more reasons to never bet baseball

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    the pitch clock is probably more for the hitters than the pitchers

    banning of the shift is idiotic IMO severely benefits the one trick ponies
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    damn, I thought they were going to add a rover.......


    bigger bases?

    how bout new ball girl outfits and no time clock?



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    add some random whores to the outfield:




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    this is the year after Covid so it was supposed to be a big hit.

    MLB attendance: 23 of 30 teams are down in 2022


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