The pace-of-play rules seem pretty reasonable & may actually help get rid of some dead time. I expect we’re going to end up missing the first pitch of the inning on a lot of telecasts, though.
We heard last night that it was going to come down today, and today it comes down: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have jointly announced additions to the sport’s pace of game program, which will be effective in Spring Training, the regular season and the Postseason. They have likewise announced a series of modifications to the instant replay system.
PACE OF PLACE RULE CHANGES
The pace of game program will require that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box unless one of a group of exceptions occurs. This amendment/reemphasis of existing Rule 6.02(d) allows batters to leave the box if the following events occur:
- The batter swings at a pitch;
- The batter is forced out of the batter’s box by a pitch;
- A member of either team requests and is granted “Time”;
- A defensive player attempts a play on a…
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