There is a reason why Rich Hill was so much of a fan favorite while he was with the Dodgers. The charismatic southpaw captured the hearts of fans all across Los Angeles and his story to get to MLB is absolutely phenomenal.
So you can understand why someone who fought so hard to get to the big leagues wouldn’t want to see a whole lot of changes. The former Dodgers starter recently spoke about rule changes that the league is looking at testing, and he’s not a fan.
Hill picked apart MLB’s desire to speed up the game and get the offense more involved. The league has expressed a desire to see more balls put in play.
Having something else outside of nitpicking about the time of the game. There is so much more that we can get into that is intriguing and exciting for the fans, instead of (risking) the health and safety of the players. I just think that’s something that MLB is missing the mark on. That’s how I feel about it.
The league is currently test-driving a few wild rule changes in the Atlantic League. They will move the pitching rubber back a little to see if it results in more balls put in play. While a few Dodgers players have expressed more confusion than anything, Hill thinks the league is going after the wrong issues.
There’s a whole slew of issues that I think need to be addressed to promote the game as opposed to little, kind of Mickey Mouse ways to make baseball appealing.
Hill signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Twins in 2020 before getting a new deal with the Rays this season. It’s been a few years since he’s been away from the Dodgers, but he’s always going to have fans in Los Angeles.
Especially if he keeps criticizing MLB.