Major League Baseball is examining some rule changes by experimenting with several aspects of the game within the Atlantic League. Now, the first I saw of this was tweeted by Jacob Bogage on twitter; and in turn retweeted by several well-known beat writers.
Therefore – if you’re a traditionalist – you may want to make sure you’re seated for this post. The changes would be somewhat drastic in regards to the game we have become accustomed to seeing.
Breaking: the rules changes @MLB is experimenting with in the @AtlanticLg are here:
– move the mound back 2 feet
– larger bases (18 sq in)
– prohibition against defensive shifts
– radar-enabled K zone
– 3 batter minimum for pitchers
– no mound visits unless removing pitcher
— ((( Jacob Bogage ))) (@jacobbogage) March 8, 2019
Indeed – if baseball is considering things like moving the mound distance (always set at 60 feet, six inches since forever) – one may wonder the reason why. Moreover, larger bases? Robot umpires? To some degree this seems like crazy talk regardless of where the ideas are derived from.
Rich Hill Weighs in on Proposed Changes
Moreover, veteran Rich Hill has played in the Atlantic League with the Long Island Ducks.
The Atlantic League's most famous active alumni calls new rule changes 'a joke', Joe Kelly suffers a back injury in his kitchen, plus notes on Kershaw, Seager, Martin, Buehler: https://t.co/LcUcC30Xu5
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) March 9, 2019
“A joke,” he said. “It’s sad that they’re doing that, honestly. I’m definitely for change. Are there more efficient ways to play the game? Sure. I’m sure there are. But that’s not the way the game was designed, the way the game was structured.”
Hill saved his sharpest criticism for the longer mound distance – from 60 feet, 6 inches to 62 feet, 6 inches. That rule will only go into effect in the second half of the Atlantic League season, so pitchers will have to adjust this summer on the fly.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Hill said. “Two feet is a huge difference. The game’s been played that way for 100 years. I don’t understand why – I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Hill is a smart player. For him to be staunchly against the infrastructure of the game’s foundation being changed likely speaks for many other veterans in the league.
We need to hope that baseball comes to it’s collective senses on this and leaves what we have become accustomed to alone. The biggest one for me would be the robot umpires. I enjoy the human element of the game – even errant calls.
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What is the biggest rule change you would be against? And how does baseball considering these changes at all make you feel? Let us know in the comments!