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Monday, November 21, 2022

MLB bans infield shifts: How baseball will change - Sports Illustrated

Good stuff from Tom Verducci.

We have so much data on how shifts changed baseball that it is not difficult to make an educated guess as to what will happen next year without them. My top conclusions:

1. The MLB batting average should increase from .243 last season (the fifth-worst ever, and the worst in 54 years) to .255 (equaling the highest since 2011).

2. Ground balls will go up, and strikeouts will go down, both slightly.

3. Corey Seager of Texas and Matt Olson of Atlanta will benefit the most from the new rules.

4. The Giants need a second baseman, and the Cardinals will rethink Nolan Gorman at second base.

jimfurtado Posted: November 21, 2022 at 07:33 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game, shifts

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)
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