MLB Rule Changes

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    MLB Rule Changes

    Some new changes coming to the game.

    MLB to implement new rule changes that will shake up look of sport

    Among the major ones...

    * Pitcher to be required to face at least three batters. (Starting in 2020)

    * Mound visits reduced from six to five. Next year may be only four.

    * Hard trade deadline of July 31. Nothing after that.

    * Commercial breaks between innings shortened by 20 seconds (down to 2 minutes)

    * Minimum time spent on DL is going back to 15 days (no more 10 day)

    * And beginning next year, September call ups will involve all of 2 players. There'll be 26 roster players during most of the season...then 28 during September.

    Noticably missing is the pitch clock. Apparently it's been shelved. (Which is good, in my opinion.)
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    Managers will really need to think about pulling pitchers. How many specialist are going to fake an injury to get out of game per dugout directions?

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    I hate the 3 batter limit. To me that is just dumb and eliminates a lot of strategy. I know the 3 batter limit will require a different kind of strategy but I prefer the old way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEERFAN View Post
    Managers will really need to think about pulling pitchers. How many specialist are going to fake an injury to get out of game per dugout directions?
    They'll need to sit them the next game, otherwise it will happen everywhere.

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    Did you guys see the minor league rule test changes this year?
    -The mound will be moved back 2 feet, midway through the season.
    -The bases will be larger, in effect shortening the distance 4" between home and first.
    -Computer called Balls and Strikes.

    It's just taking place in one of the independent leagues.

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    The left-handed specialist is probably going to be out of work now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Did you guys see the minor league rule test changes this year?
    -The mound will be moved back 2 feet, midway through the season.
    -The bases will be larger, in effect shortening the distance 4" between home and first.
    -Computer called Balls and Strikes.

    It's just taking place in one of the independent leagues.
    I’m guessing this league is doing it on their own and MLB has nothing to do with these changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    I’m guessing this league is doing it on their own and MLB has nothing to do with these changes.
    I understood that it was done on behalf of MLB.

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    Playing half a season at 60 ft 6 then moving back 2 feet seems odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    I hate the 3 batter limit. To me that is just dumb and eliminates a lot of strategy. I know the 3 batter limit will require a different kind of strategy but I prefer the old way.
    So if a pitcher comes in with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and gets the first guy he faces out to end the inning, does he have to pitch to at least the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh inning? If so, what if his spot comes as a batter in the top of the seventh inning? Is the manager not allowed to pinch hit for him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggclfan View Post
    So if a pitcher comes in with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and gets the first guy he faces out to end the inning, does he have to pitch to at least the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh inning? If so, what if his spot comes as a batter in the top of the seventh inning? Is the manager not allowed to pinch hit for him?
    I would assume they could hit for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggclfan View Post
    So if a pitcher comes in with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and gets the first guy he faces out to end the inning, does he have to pitch to at least the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh inning? If so, what if his spot comes as a batter in the top of the seventh inning? Is the manager not allowed to pinch hit for him?
    Yeah, I think the rule only applies within that half an inning. What they're trying to eliminate is the extra walks to the mound by the manager and the time it takes to have a reliever come in and do his warm up pitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Did you guys see the minor league rule test changes this year?
    -The mound will be moved back 2 feet, midway through the season.
    -The bases will be larger, in effect shortening the distance 4" between home and first.
    -Computer called Balls and Strikes.

    It's just taking place in one of the independent leagues.
    Moving the mound back is just plain stupid. Look at the number of arm injuries they already have...and now you want the pitchers to throw farther?!? If they think there's too much of an advantage for the pitcher, then what they need to do is what they did the last time they thought that...and lower the mound height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PP1 View Post
    The left-handed specialist is probably going to be out of work now.
    It was already on decline. Guys like Josh Hader and Andrew Miller will become more coveted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggclfan View Post
    So if a pitcher comes in with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and gets the first guy he faces out to end the inning, does he have to pitch to at least the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh inning? If so, what if his spot comes as a batter in the top of the seventh inning? Is the manager not allowed to pinch hit for him?
    Quote Originally Posted by sweet16 View Post
    I would assume they could hit for them.
    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    Yeah, I think the rule only applies within that half an inning. What they're trying to eliminate is the extra walks to the mound by the manager and the time it takes to have a reliever come in and do his warm up pitches.
    The rule reads that there is a 3 batter minimum barring injury OR the end of the inning. So it would allow a pitcher to face one batter then he replaced at the beginning of the next inning.

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