Major changes are coming in 2023.
For quite some time, it has been rumored that Major League Baseball would be implementing some new rules for the 2023 season.
Some of the major changes include a pitch clock, banning the shift, and larger bases.
The rule changes became official today.
On Twitter, one fan expressed his displeasure with the pitch clock being implemented to ESPN’s top MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Passan replied to the fan by expressing his opinion on the matter, saying that the pitch clock is going to be beneficial for the game of baseball and that it’s the “fan-friendliest” thing to hit baseball since the introduction of beer.
I say this having seen it at minor league games, talked with players who have played games with it and tried to understand the drawbacks as well as benefits:
You will like the pitch clock. It's the fan-friendliest addition to the game of baseball since the introduction of beer. https://t.co/52YmHaEObR
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 9, 2022
Changes Are Coming
This is quite a funny take by Passan.
If fans like beer, they’re going to like this.
But in all seriousness, he has been around the game for a long time and has seen the pitch clock used in the minor leagues.
He’s talked with players and has done his best to get the inside scoop on what the benefits and the drawbacks are.
Ultimately, this will likely speed up the game, which is something MLB has been trying to do for years now, but to no avail.
This will probably work though.
Fans want a faster paced ballgame and one where there isn’t a bunch of waiting around.
Things will certainly look a lot different in 2023, but this is something that might actually work.
Everything Rob Manfred has tried in order to speed up the game has not worked thus far.
But if MLB insiders think this is a welcomed change, then chances are it’s going to work out just fine and give fans a faster paced and much more enjoyable experience while at the ballpark.