In light of the recent complaints made by certain players about the new pace of game rules that have been put in place for 2023, MLB responded by saying that there were no plans to make any major changes.
In addition to that, MLB also released a memo about the performance of bat boys and girls of teams.
In a story written by Jeff Passan of ESPN, it was revealed that new standards will be enforced for bat boys and girls in terms of retrieving bats and other equipment.
However, it appears that MLB will be evaluating their performance and that if they take too long to retrieve stray equipment, they will ask teams to replace them.
On Twitter, a St. Louis Cardinals fan posted a screenshot which features a snippet from Passan, calling out MLB for enforcing the new rule.
Angel Hernandez sued MLB and forced them to publicly announce he doesn’t do WS games because he frequently makes incorrect calls and made a big scene when 3 of his ALCS calls were overturned. He’s still here.
But if a batboy takes too long to run and get a bat, he’s unemployed. https://t.co/hHKrz5WWA8 pic.twitter.com/phk2SVR453
— Quinn (@QuinnSTLCards) March 22, 2023
The fan makes a great point that longtime umpire Angel Hernandez, who is notorious for making bad calls yet is still employed by Major League Baseball, even after suing the league and essentially forcing them to prevent him from calling any World Series games after three of his calls during the ALCS last year were overturned.
However, in spite of that, bat boys and girls are at risk of losing their jobs over one minor misstep if they take a certain amount of time to retrieve bats and other equipment.
Ultimately, this is quite hypocritical on behalf of MLB, who continue to allow certain umpires to call games, despite a track record of missing calls.NEXT: Lars Nootbaar Achieved A Lifelong Dream