Potential rule changes receive test run in Triple-A game (2022)

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August 21st, 2022

CHARLOTTE -- It was baseball as you know it … and yet not.

To the untrained eye, Saturday night’s game between the Triple-A Charlotte Knights and visiting Syracuse Mets at Truist Field was the sport we know and love. The Knights were victorious, 4-3, on the might of three monster home runs off the bats of Mark Payton, Lenyn Sosa and Micker Adolfo. There were nine innings and three outs per side and four balls per walk and three strikes per K. There were hot dogs at the concessions (you could even order one covered in macaroni and cheese!), there was a seventh-inning stretch and, as per Knights tradition, a midgame mascot “Royalty Race” in which King Mecklenburg was victorious over Queen Charlotte, Good Knight Charlie and Jerry the Jester. And when it was all over, there were fireworks shot off into the downtown Charlotte sky.

But this 2-hour, 17-minute game was also a much crisper, faster-paced brand of baseball than many of us are accustomed to. The MLB Network cameras were trained on Truist Field on this summer night because the Minor Leagues this year are a professional baseball petri dish. And in the ongoing evaluation of various rule change experiments that could one day be implemented at the big league level, it is essential to generate opinion from an important and influential observer:

You.

Surveys say fans want more action, a faster pace, more balls in play and more exhibition of athleticism. That led MLB consultant and former Red Sox and Cubs executive Theo Epstein and others involved in the Competition Committee and Playing Rules Committee to reverse engineer rules that might lead to those outcomes, then use the Minor Leagues to test them out.

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This game between the Knights and Mets was an opportunity to show a wider audience some of the results of that process, with three experiments -- the automated ball-strike (ABS) challenge system, the pitch timer and bigger bases.

With MLB Network host Greg Amsinger joined in the booth by MLB senior vice president of on-field operations Raúl Ibañez and MLB vice president of on-field strategy Joe Martinez, a national broadcast of this random Triple-A tilt turned out to be a compelling contest and an excellent example of what big league baseball could one day look like.

So, what did we see? Let’s assess.

THE ABS CHALLENGE SYSTEM

How it works: In the challenge system, the home-plate umpire calls balls and strikes in the traditional manner, but teams can appeal to the Hawk-Eye “robot ump” on certain calls they deem to be incorrect.

• Each club starts the game with three challenges.
• A correct challenge is retained; an incorrect challenge is lost.
• Challenges may only be made by the batter, the catcher or the pitcher (i.e., no help from the dugout).
• Challenges must be made immediately following the umpire’s call.

What we saw: The Knights and Mets combined for five challenges, only one of which was overturned. This was an extreme example of a wider trend in which umpire calls in Single-A and Triple-A games using the challenge system this year have been upheld roughly 55% of the time.

On the lone call that was overturned, Charlotte pitcher Tanner Banks challenged a ball called by umpire Derek Thomas on a 1-1 pitch to Dominic Smith with two on and one out in the top of the fourth inning, with the Knights trailing 2-0. Immediately after Thomas’ call, Banks tapped his cap -- the signal used to initiate a challenge.

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The Hawk-Eye visual was then quickly broadcast on the big video board in left-center field and on MLB Network, and it showed that the pitch had nicked the bottom edge of the strike zone. With the Mets threatening to add to their lead and the difference between 2-1 and 1-2 known to be consequential in baseball. So it was a good challenge by Banks, whose Knights have been using the challenge system at home games since July.

“What I’ve liked most is that the players understand that they have to understand the umpire’s strike zone,” Knights manager Julio Mosquera said. “You see a lot of players could get selfish [with the challenges], but we have spoken as a team and our players are pretty aware of when to use them and when not to use them, and it’s been working out pretty good for us.”

Both teams, though, issued a pair of unsuccessful challenges -- the Knights in the second and seventh innings, the Mets in the fourth and fifth. That meant both teams entered the eighth inning with only one challenge remaining. Mets catcher Juan Loyo may have demonstrated the human element of the robo-challenge system when he asked for a review of a ball four to Sosa shortly after Payton had tied the game with a big two-run blast. The pitch was quite clearly a ball, but the frustration of losing the lead and then walking the next batter seemed to get the best of Loyo in a regrettable challenge.

All told, the challenge system played out as advertised -- adding a strategic and entertaining element that does not exist with traditional umpiring, while retaining the art of calling balls and strikes and the art of catcher pitch-framing.

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“It has a strategic element, and a lot of that falls on the players, which is interesting because you have to understand the game situation,” Epstein said. “Obviously, a pitch might be really important to you, but if it's a nothing-nothing game in the second inning, it's not quite as important as big picture of saving it for later in the game when you may really need it. It promotes a team approach with how you use your challenges and intelligent decision-making. And it also promotes accountability for the players on the field and for the umpires, as well.”

THE PITCH TIMER

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How it works: There is a 30-second timer between batters. Between pitches, there is a 14-second timer with the bases empty and a 19-second timer (18 seconds at the Double-A level and lower) with runners on base.

• The pitcher must begin his motion to deliver the pitch before the expiration of the pitch timer.
• Pitchers who violate the timer are charged with an automatic ball. Batters who violate the timer are charged with an automatic strike.
• With runners on base, the timer resets if the pitcher attempts a pickoff or steps off the rubber.
• Pitchers are limited to two disengagements (step-offs or pickoff attempts) per plate appearance.

What we saw: Well, for one, we saw a nine-inning game with seven runs, 13 hits, 17 strikeouts and eight walks that only took 2:17 to play. That meant families could see the entire tilt and the postgame fireworks and still be out of the ballpark before 10 p.m. Players could get the proper rest and recuperation they need over the course of a long season. The only thing absent was the unnecessary dead time between pitches so often seen when hitters stand around adjusting their batting gloves and pitchers pace around the mound.

Just for the sake of comparison, this game had 269 pitches in total. In MLB this year, there have been 19 games with exactly 269 pitches thrown, and those games have averaged 2:53, ranging between 2:37 and 3:12.

In the Minor Leagues this year, the average time of game has been cut by 25 minutes because of the clock.

“The pitch clock,” said Syracuse outfielder and occasional MLB pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore, “is freaking amazing.”

Fans seem to share the sentiment. The timer has an 80% approval rate among Minor League attendees surveyed by MLB this year. (Try to get 80% of people to agree on anything.)

But Saturday’s fast pace came in the face of what can only be described as a rarity: Four pitch timer violations, including three by Mets starter Jose Rodriguez. Though Rodriguez has spent this entire season in the Minors with the pitch timer rule in effect, he ran afoul of the rule three times in the game’s first four innings. His last violation resulted in an automatic ball three to Carlos Perez, followed immediately by a ball four that he unsuccessfully challenged.

Despite Rodriguez’s rough night, the game moved along briskly, not just because of the timer itself but its influence on pitcher and batter behavior. This game was evidence of a broader pitch timer trend in which pitchers are in and around the zone more frequently and batters are more prone to first-pitch swings. As a result, the MiLB game with the timer has a very different rhythm than what we currently see in MLB, where the average time between balls in play hovers around four minutes.

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“When you don’t get out of the box and are locked in,” said Epstein, “you swing the bat more.”

BIGGER BASES

How it works: The bases, which traditionally have been 15 inches square, are instead 18 inches square. Though this can have a modest impact on stolen-base success rate, the primary goal of this change is to give players more room to operate and to avoid collisions. This is especially important at first base, where fielders have an extra three-inch advantage to stay out of harm’s way from the baserunner while receiving throws.

What we saw: We saw bases that are slightly bigger. That’s really it. This change had no meaningful impact on this particular game.

This was, however, a good opportunity to get the input of Gore, who has been a part of three World Series teams because of his ability to steal a bag.

“Running-wise, I couldn’t even tell the difference,” Gore said. “I thought it was gonna mess with certain strides, but I couldn’t even tell. The only difference I can tell is that the bases are flatter. So it’s a little easier to come off of now, because you just slide right off.”

With the bigger bases and -- more importantly -- the pickoff limits in the Minors this year as part of the pitch-timer rules, stolen-base attempts in MiLB are up from 2.23 in 2019 (the 2020 MiLB season was canceled, and the 2021 season featured the pitch timer in the California League, so the data is skewed) to 2.81 this year, while the success rate has risen from 68% to 77%.

Alas, we didn’t see any steals in this particular game. But we saw plenty of other intriguing things that could potentially point to a better baseball future.

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FAQs

What are the new rule changes in the MLB? ›

A pitch timer, limits on defensive shifts and bigger bases are coming to Major League Baseball in 2023. Following recent experiments in the Minor Leagues, the recently formed Joint Competition Committee voted Friday in favor of three rule changes aimed at improving pace of play, action and safety at the MLB level.

What is the new shift rule? ›

The new rule: At the time a pitch is thrown, there will need to be four infielders on the dirt and two on each side of second base. Players will be able to move as soon as the ball leaves the pitcher's hand.

Is there a limit on pickoff attempts? ›

PICKOFF ATTEMPT LIMITS (ALL LOW-A)

It can become monotonous when a pitcher makes throw after throw after throw to first base in a vain attempt to pick off a pesky baserunner. This rule will limit pitchers to just two “step offs” or pickoff attempts per plate appearance.

Will there be a pitch clock in 2023? ›

Friday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced some significant changes coming to the sport in 2023. MLB will implement a pitch timer and a restriction on infield shifts, and also increase the size of its bases for next season.

What are the new rules for MLB 2023? ›

Breaking: MLB's competition committee has voted to implement a pitch clock, larger bases and ban defensive shifts starting in 2023, sources tell @JeffPassan. 15-second clock with bases empty, 20 with runners on; and two fielders on each side of 2B bag, both feet on the dirt.

Is the MLB banning the shift? ›

Major League Baseball's new Joint Competition Committee has voted to ban defensive shifts and to add a 15-second pitch clock beginning in the 2023 season.

What is pie slice rule? ›

NEW YORK -- The Florida State League will limit defensive shifts by drawing chalk lines in a pie shape from second base to the outfield grass starting July 22, prohibiting infielders from the marked area prior to the pitch in an experiment that could increase offense.

Why is MLB making the bases bigger? ›

MLB is also increasing the size of bases from 15 inches square to 18 inches square. This gives infielders more distance between themselves and baserunners, in a bid to decrease collisions. The change also decreases base-to-base distance by 4.5 inches.

What happens if pitcher takes too long? ›

If a pitcher fails to throw a pitch in time, it is an automatic ball. If a hitter is not ready in time, it is an automatic strike. Each batter gets one timeout per plate appearance, and pitchers get a total of two step-offs or pickoffs per batter.

What are the rule changes for MLB 2022? ›

Where does Albert Pujols fall among MLB's all-time home run leaders? For the 2022 season: The National League will adopt the designated hitter. For the 2023 season: Pitch clocks will be used, there will be a ban on defensive shifts, an automatic ball/strike zone will exist and there will be larger bases.

Can a pitcher throw to a base? ›

It is an illegal pitch or a balk to throw to an unoccupied base while in contact with the pitching plate (rubber).

Why can't pitchers throw to first? ›

A pitcher who tries to use that same motion when throwing to a base not only takes longer to get rid of the ball, he's not throwing downhill anymore, and the release point needs to be altered in order to make an accurate throw. that's why you see so many high and low throws to a bag.

What happens if the pitch clock runs out? ›

If pitchers or catchers violate the clock, they will be charged with an automatic ball. If a batter runs afoul of it, they will be hit with an automatic strike.

Do MLB pitchers have a time limit? ›

MLB lowered the time between innings to 2 minutes for local broadcasts and nationally televised games in 2019. MLB had instituted times of 2 minutes, 5 seconds for local broadcasts and 2 minutes, 25 seconds for nationally televised games in 2016, decreasing these times by 20 seconds from where they were previously.

Can you bunt in Major League Baseball? ›

BREAKING: MLB and MLBPA agree to ban on bunts

bunts
Official Baseball Rules define a bunt as follows: "A BUNT is a batted ball not swung at, but intentionally met with the bat and tapped slowly within the infield." To bunt, the batter loosely holds the bat in front of home plate and intentionally taps the ball into play.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Bunt_(baseball)
in hopes of reaching younger audiences.

Why do they change the bases in baseball? ›

The bases will be increased by three inches, hoping to induce players to start thinking about stolen bases again, even limiting the number of pick-off attempts by pitchers, instead of resembling a slow-pitch softball game. Baseball has been experimenting with these changes for years in the minor leagues.

What is an infield shift in baseball? ›

The infield shift in baseball is a defensive realignment from the standard positions to blanket one side of the field or another. Used primarily against left-handed batters, it is designed to protect against base hits pulled hard into the gaps between the fielders on one side.

When did the pitching mound change? ›

Following the incredibly low scoring in 1968, the rules were changed to reduce the mound to the contemporary 10 inch height.

Why is MLB getting rid of the shift? ›

Major League Baseball was unwilling to meaningfully address the areas of concern that players raised, and as a result, the players on the Competition Committee voted unanimously against the implementation of the rules covering defensive shifts and the use of a pitch timer.” Baseball Buys In on the Digital Age.

How effective is the shift in baseball? ›

Baseball Savant confirms this as, according to that website, righties had a . 340 wOBA (weighted on-base percentage) against the shift while lefties have a . 320 wOBA in both 2020 and 2021.

When did MLB teams start shifting? ›

It's generally believed that Indians player-manager Lou Boudreau invented the shift -- it was even called "the Boudreau Shift" -- but as Glenn Stout notes in Red Sox Century, the first to use a shift against Williams was White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes, on July 23, 1941.

How big will MLB bases be in 2023? ›

Base size will increase to 18-inch squares from 15 — first basemen are less likely to get stepped on.

Why do baseballs have stitches? ›

The raised red cotton stitching that holds the cowhide covering of the ball together serves more than just an ornamental function. Without it, the ball wouldn't travel as far or as fast. When the ball is airborne, the stitching disturbs the boundary layer, the paper-thin layer of air closest to the surface of the ball.

What were old baseball bases made of? ›

It was specified that the bases were to cover one square foot, made of canvas, painted white and filled with sand or saw-dust. All bases were to be fastened to the field at each corner.

Can you balk with nobody on base? ›

Umpires will judge a quick pitch as one delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batter's box. With runners on base

runners on base
Base running is a tactical part of the game with the goal of eventually reaching home base (home plate) to score a run. Batters strive to become base runners, and to enable existing base runners to move to a subsequent base or to score.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Base_running
the penalty is a balk; with no runners on base, it is a ball. The quick pitch is dangerous and should not be permitted.

What pitch is illegal in baseball? ›

An illegal pitch may be quick pitch (i.e. a pitch made before the batter is properly set in the batter's box), a pitch made while the pitcher is not in contact with the pitching rubber, or one in which he takes an extra step while making his delivery.

How long can a pitcher hold his leg up? ›

8.04 When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.”

How much bigger will MLB bases be? ›

“Nobody would have asked for fans to have to wait more than four minutes for balls to be put into play. Nobody would have asked for generational lows and stolen bases, triples and doubles." Base size will increase to 18-inch squares from 15 — first basemen are less likely to get stepped on.

How do you get MLB Extra Innings? ›

Who offers MLB EXTRA INNINGS? MLB Extra Innings is available through cable and satellite TV providers like Xfinity, DIRECTV, Cox, and DISH. It's an out-of-market add-on designed for ball fans who want to watch all the Major League Baseball action, broadcasting around 80 games a week during a regular season.

Can a batter step out of the box between pitches? ›

Batters still can step out of the box under several conditions, including a swinging strike, wild pitch, passed ball, pickoff play or meeting at the mound. Pitch clocks will not be used in the major leagues, although they will be used in selected minor-league games.

Can you throw to first without stepping off the rubber? ›

The pitcher does not have to step off the rubber to throw to a base. (You don't want to throw to a base after stepping off. If the throw goes out of play it is a 2 base award. If the throw goes out of play when throw is from the rubber it is a 1 base award.)

Can you balk to 2nd base? ›

The pitcher is still allowed to fake a throw to second base while in contact with the rubber provided that he steps towards second. Note that a pitcher, when faking a throw to second base, is not required to have arm motion in the fake, although a legal step is required.

Can a pitcher fake a pickoff to first base? ›

A pitcher is not allowed to fake a pickoff throw to first or third base, but pitchers are allowed to fake a pickoff attempt to second base. In order for the fake pickoff attempt at second base to be legal, a base runner

base runner
Base running is a tactical part of the game with the goal of eventually reaching home base (home plate) to score a run. Batters strive to become base runners, and to enable existing base runners to move to a subsequent base or to score.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Base_running
must be occupying second base.

Can pitchers fake a pitch? ›

Yes, that is a legal play.

Has a pitcher ever won a game without throwing a pitch? ›

B.J. Ryan, a pitcher, once earned a win without actually throwing a pitch.

What is the new rule in baseball for extra innings? ›

MLB has used the Draft League's 2022 season to examine a radical rule change: sudden-death extra innings. When a game is tied after nine innings, the teams play one final half-inning. A runner starts on first base for the hitting team, and if that team scores a run, it wins the game.

What is the new 3 batter rule? ›

MLB's 3-batter

batter
A batter or hitter is a person whose turn it is to face the pitcher. The three main goals of batters are to become a baserunner, to drive runners home or to advance runners along the bases for others to drive home, but the techniques and strategies they use to do so vary.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Batting_(baseball)
minimum rule, which came into play in 2020, mandates pitchers to “either face a minimum of three batters in an appearance or pitch to the end of a half-inning, with exceptions for injuries and illnesses.”

Will MLB get rid of extra-inning rule? ›

MLB, players' association agree to keep automatic runners

runners
Base running is a tactical part of the game with the goal of eventually reaching home base (home plate) to score a run. Batters strive to become base runners, and to enable existing base runners to move to a subsequent base or to score.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Base_running
in extra innings for 2022. NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball finalized the rules change Thursday to bring back automatic runners in extra innings for a third straight season.

Did MLB change the ball for 2022? ›

No manufacturing changes have been made for the 2022 season.” The new baseball, which is lighter compared to the one used at the start of the 2021 season, has brought offensive numbers down to levels not seen since the 1980s.

What is the ghost runner rule? ›

The ghost runner rule—which automatically places a runner on second base to start extra innings in an effort to shorten games—has been in place for each of the past two seasons.

What is the Ohtani rule? ›

KYODO NEWS - Jul 3, 2022 - 17:53 | Sports, All. The World Baseball Softball Confederation will employ the "Ohtani rule" for its international tournaments, allowing starting pitchers to remain in games as designated hitter

hitter
A batter or hitter is a person whose turn it is to face the pitcher. The three main goals of batters are to become a baserunner, to drive runners home or to advance runners along the bases for others to drive home, but the techniques and strategies they use to do so vary.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Batting_(baseball)
after leaving the mound, a source familiar with the matter said Sunday.

What is the zombie runner in baseball? ›

The zombie runner

runner
Base running is a tactical part of the game with the goal of eventually reaching home base (home plate) to score a run. Batters strive to become base runners, and to enable existing base runners to move to a subsequent base or to score.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Base_running
is a runner placed at second base at the start of each half of an extra inning. In the rule book, this runner is called an "automatic runner", but the preferred term on the podcast is "zombie runner" because the player has been "brought back from the dead" and placed at second base.

Is the 3 batter rule still in effect? ›

Yes, the three batter minimum rule still applies for all playoff games. The rules from the regular season regarding pitchers and the minimum number of batters that they face are always in effect for playoff games.

When did the 3 batter rule start? ›

Amongst those rule changes -announced in February 2020 - aimed at correcting the much maligned pace of place issues i.e. the time taken between changes - of the MLB, one specific rule was announced and that was the 'three-batter

batter
A batter or hitter is a person whose turn it is to face the pitcher. The three main goals of batters are to become a baserunner, to drive runners home or to advance runners along the bases for others to drive home, but the techniques and strategies they use to do so vary.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Batting_(baseball)
minimum.

Can you pull a pitcher in the middle of an at bat? ›

The mid-at-bat pitching change, while unusual, is legal. MLB rule 5.10(b) reads, "A player, or players may be substituted during a game any time the ball is dead."

Will MLB keep the ghost runner? ›

MLB Likely Keeping 'Ghost Runner' Rule For Extra Innings In 2022.

Will there be 7 inning doubleheaders in 2022? ›

All games part of doubleheaders in 2022 are scheduled as nine-inning games, following the implementation of seven-inning doubleheaders as part of health and safety protocols in 2020 and 2021.

What is a ghost player in baseball? ›

An invisible runner

runner
Base running is a tactical part of the game with the goal of eventually reaching home base (home plate) to score a run. Batters strive to become base runners, and to enable existing base runners to move to a subsequent base or to score.
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Base_running
, or ghost runner, is a device used in baseball-style games, including softball, stickball, and kickball, when a team does not have enough players. Used primarily in schoolyard games, the rule is called into action when a live runner on base is next in line to bat.

What did the MLB do to the baseballs 2022? ›

Last year MLB said the "2022 season will be played with only balls manufactured after the production change," meaning the deadened ball we were supposed to get in 2021. That appears to have happened.

What does the MLB do with used baseballs? ›

Do they reuse baseballs in MLB? When balls are discarded, they are not reused. Instead, they are authenticated and sold in MLB shops as memorabilia. The home team collects and sells each discarded ball and will even note what happened during the play before it was discarded.

Is bunting allowed in MLB? ›

A batter may also bunt for a base hit. This is not a sacrifice play, because the batter is trying to reach base safely, without any intention of advancing a runner. A batter may try to bunt for a base hit while there are runners on base.

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