Padres responds to new MLB rule changes – NBC 7 San Diego

Traditionally a strong resistance to change, Major League Baseball has needed tuning for years. Games played, now averaging over three hours to complete, and fans turned off due to the slow pace of play.

MLB is not just an oil change. They completely replace the engine.

The league recently announced major rule changes that will begin in the 2023 season and three of them are getting the bulk of the attention: the pitch clock, the indoor shift ban, and the larger rules. We’ll start with the pitch hour.

There will be a 30-second time limit between hitters, a 15-second time limit between throws with the bases empty, and a 20-second timer with the runners running. If the bowler takes too long to start its delivery, it will be charged with a motorized reel. How do shooters feel about this? This depends on who you ask.

“Some guys don’t affect it at all because they work too fast. I tend to work really fast,” Padres who started bowler Joe Musgrove says. “But there are times throughout the game when your items aren’t that sharp or you have trouble locating them. I think taking that time between courts really helps you get through those rounds when you’re not feeling at your best.”

Pitchers aren’t the only ones around the clock. If the hitter was not in the hitter’s box and was ready to go after eight seconds, he evaluated the auto hit. This system was in place in the minor leagues and many hitters “hit” without seeing the field because they weren’t ready in time.

According to FanGraphs, the average time between pitches this year is around 23 seconds. So, it shouldn’t take long for the top runners to figure this out.

“I don’t think it’s going to be that hard once we make it our reality and start working on it,” Musgrove says.

However, there is one aspect of the pitch clock that annoys pitchers. They are now only allowed 2 shots to 1Street Base for every palette look. Again, this base was a big deal for minors for the now almost forgotten stolen base, with attempts and success rate increasing exponentially, but it goes beyond just passing an extra bag.

“Those things are frustrating because when you’re up against a team like Arizona, they have a lot of pace, a lot of players who can manage the rules, keep them close at the start or keep it in their mind that ‘catch anytime gives us better chances of getting double play balls,’ And save some pitches, and get out of turns faster,” says Musgrove.

It will be the second major modification in the transformation. Teams will no longer be able to stack one side of the field with defenders. Under the new rule, players must keep their feet within the confines of the playing court, and two players must be on either side of the bag at 2second abbreviation Base.

Over the past decade, the league-wide average batting on balls has decreased during play as once-stacked balls have instead been picked up to one side.

“In general, people pull ground balls, regardless of whether they are hitters on the opposite field or not,” says Padres IF/Of Wil Myers. “I think it would help the attack, for sure, not being able to have that many people on one side of the base, so I think it would be great for the attack.”

As for the effect on shooters, it likely won’t alter their handling of any particular racket.

“The only reason we put the players[in rotation]is because the players keep hitting the ball there over and over again,” Musgrove says. “So, I don’t think I’m going to start promoting anything differently.”

Now, this rule doesn’t prevent teams from bringing a player closer to the court, so we may start to see some teams playing with a 5-man court and only two players on the field.

Finally, the biggest rule. The bag size increases from 15 inches to 18 inches, which is a fundamental difference. The bases will remain 90 feet apart, as measured from the back of the bag. While the initial idea was that this would increase attack because players who came out with a half-step would now be safe, this rule was not meant to increase the number of core players.

“I think, if anything, it would help reduce the injury around the bag… He plays twice, at 1Street Myers says. “I don’t think it’s an offensive advantage, maybe just a little bit defensive from an injury point of view.”

He is absolutely right. A larger base (which does not affect the size of the main board) will give players more space to avoid collisions, increasing player safety.

With these rule changes in effect in the minor leagues this year, average play times have dropped a full 26 minutes, so it appears to be working.

“I’m looking forward to the matches being a little shorter. That would be great,” Myers says.

But, as we all know, this is baseball we’re talking about. As Musgrove hinted, if we’ve learned anything over the past 150 years it’s that if there’s a loophole, teams will find it and exploit it.

“We will find ways to adapt and adjust and you will find the difference…there are always ways to work around the system a little bit.”

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