MLB is implementing a series of changes to its rules, starting in the 2023 season.
The bases will be bigger in order to reduce the risk of injury, among other things.
Shifting on the infield will no longer be allowed, as there will need to be two fielders at each side of second base.
There will now be restrictions to use position players as pitchers, and the “ghost runner” rule that places a man at second in extra-innings will return.
Last, but not least, there will be a pitch clock for both hurlers and hitters.
We can’t say that most people love or hate the changes because we must treat each one individually.
Lots of people hate the pitch clock but love the fact there will no longer be shifts, or vice versa.
Players have been discussing the modifications in the first days of spring training.
New Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson provided some generic lines about the changes.
“New Cub Dansby Swanson on the new rules: ‘I think the intentions are good. I hate that we have to have rules to make the game the way it probably should be played. I’m excited to see what it looks like in spring…and how you can use things to your advantage,'” Cubs insider Jesse Rogers tweeted.
New Cub Dansby Swanson on the new rules: "I think the intentions are good. I hate that we have to have rules to make the game the way it probably should be played. I'm excited to see what it looks like in spring…and how you can use things to your advantage."
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) February 15, 2023
Judging by Swanson’s comments, it appears he is comfortable with the pitch clock with the sole reason that the pace of the game should be faster.
For all we know, he could also be talking about the shift ban, as well.
In any case, the most important takeaway is that he is open to changing, which is good.
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