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Monday, March 28, 2022

Why baseball is moving second base, and what this experiment could mean for the game

Pay attention now. This is what’s about to happen in the second half of the season, across the minor leagues: Second base will move inward, so that the outer edges of the bag will (finally) line up with the imaginary corner of the diamond mentioned earlier.

And why, exactly? What’s the point? There is always a point. Everyone out there who thinks the rules of baseball were once handed down to Moses — or possibly Abner Doubleday — on a stone tablet should remember that.

The point is that the effective distance between first and second base will shrink by more than a foot. Remember, it was never really 90 feet in the first place. So it will work like this:

“Old” distance — 88 feet, 1.5 inches
“New” distance* — 87 feet

That asterisk involves another minor-league rule experiment you should keep in mind. At every full-season level of the minors, the size of the bases will increase from 15 inches square to 18 inches square at the start of the season. Now these two changes will work together. Here is how:

Just those larger bases alone were always going to shorten the distance between first and second base. Now the combination of larger bases plus moving second base will combine to reduce that distance even more — to that total of 13.5 inches.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2022 at 10:36 AM | 23 comment(s)
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