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Thursday, September 08, 2022

Major League Baseball competition committee to vote on rules changes Friday with eye on quickening pace of play, sources say

The Major League Baseball competition committee is set to vote on Friday on rule changes that would begin in 2023 which include a first ever pitch clock, the elimination of the shift, bigger bases and a limit to how many times a pitcher can disengage from the rubber, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The goal is to increase action on the field, quicken the pace and reduce the amount of time it takes to play a major league game. The rules changes are expected to pass and include the following:

• A 15 second pitch clock with the bases empty and a 20 second clock with runners on.

• Two disengagements from the rubber - which includes pick-off attempts—per plate appearance.

• A requirement by hitters to be in the batter’s box and ‘alert’ with 8 seconds to go on the clock. Hitters are allowed one timeout per plate appearance.

• Only two infielders will be allowed on each side of second base with all four required to be on the dirt (or inner grass).

• Infielders cannot position themselves on the outfield grass before the pitch is thrown.

• Bases will increase in size from 15 square inches to 18.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2022 at 05:23 PM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: pickoffs, pitch clock, shifts

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

How the pitch clock can revive the stolen base

When we talk about speed with regard to the pitch clock, we are typically talking about the pace of game. In this first season of use throughout the Minors, the pitch clock—a 14-second timer with no runners on base, 18 seconds (or 19 in Triple-A) with runners on—has cut the average game time by 25 minutes, from an even three hours in 2021 to 2:35 at last check.

But the pickoff/step-off rule paired with the pitch clock has injected speed of a different sort into MiLB. Last season, an experimentation with pickoff and step-off limits at the A-ball level and larger bases at the Triple-A level contributed to a rise in both stolen-base attempts and the stolen-base success rate.

This year, with the mound disengagement limits, pitch clock and bigger bases imposed across the full-season Minor Leagues, the uptick in action on the basepaths has continued:

2019: 2.23 (68.2)
2021: 2.52 (75.7)
2022: 2.85 (77.6)
No MiLB season in 2020 due to pandemic; 2022 figures reflect totals since April 15th, when ball-strike penalties began to be enforced

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2022 at 08:27 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch clock



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