MLB Reportedly Voting On Significant Rule Changes Tomorrow
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MLB Games could look very different next year.
According to ESPN's Jesse Rogers, the sport's competition committee will vote on major rule changes that will go into effect next year.
They notably include a pitch clock and restrictions on defensive transfers.
Rogers said the change is expected to come to pass.
The proposed pitch clock will be 15 seconds with the base empty and 20 seconds with the runners on the base.
If the pitcher does not pitch the pitch before the timer, a ball is called -
Which begins after receiving the baseball from the catcher or umpire - run out.
The pitcher will go bald for the third time without a pick-off throw.
Meanwhile, if the hitter is not ready in the batsman's box, a strike will be called with eight seconds remaining.
These timers, implemented in minor league games already this season, are intended to speed up games.
For the shift, the defense must have four players (excluding the pitcher and the catcher) on the infield dirt,
and two on either side of the other base.
A hitting team may choose to retain a result or call a ball if a pitch is thrown with an illegal defensive alignment.
Unlike any pitch-clock violation, all shift violations can be reviewed.
Some tactics are out of the game when eliminating transfers,
This would generate additional offense beyond the home run.
The competition committee will also vote on using larger grounds to reduce injuries and increase theft base attempts.