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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

MLB making small changes to pitch clock rules, memo says

• On brushback pitches and “big swings”—which either knock equipment out of place or land a player splayed out on the ground—umpires will delay the start of the clock and, if the clock operator starts it early, have the ability to wave off the timer…

• In situations where pitchers find themselves away from the mound—whether to cover first base or back up throws to home or third base in foul territory—the 30-second between-batters clock will be delayed. It restarts when the pitcher making a play at first is back on the infield grass and one backing plays up is in fair territory.

• Leniency for catchers who end an inning on base or at-bat. Umpires could turn off the 2-minute, 30-second between-innings clock at the 30-second mark if the catcher has made a “reasonable effort” to abide by the timer. If it reaches that point, a catcher will be allowed to receive one warmup pitch from the pitcher and make a throw down to second base to ensure he, too, has warmed up his arm.

• Placing the onus on hitters to restart the clock if they take a timeout. Hitters may call time once in an at-bat, and previously the clock was starting from 15 or 20 when players stepped into the batter’s box and were alert, leading to pitchers potentially holding the ball for long periods of time. Under the new guidelines, a player, regardless of where he is standing, must indicate to an umpire that he is ready to resume play, at which point the umpire will tell the operator to wind the clock.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2023 at 12:54 PM | 14 comment(s)
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