This MLB season, we’re going to be seeing some changes to how the game is played.
First, the shift will be limited, meaning that two infielders must be on either side of second base at all times.
Larger bases will also be used.
Furthermore, a pitch clock will be implemented, meaning that pitchers will have limited time in between pitches.
These are some big changes that will be taking place in 2023.
On Twitter, MLB posted a graphic to describe how the pitch clock will work and how it will affect both hitters and pitchers as the league attempts to have games played at a faster pace.
How the Pitch Timer ticks.
A behind-the-scenes look at baseball’s new rule. https://t.co/CJQJA9VW4X pic.twitter.com/r5PEolXem7
— MLB (@MLB) February 9, 2023
The graphic explains how the pitch clock will work and what new regulations will be implemented.
With no runners on base, pitchers will have just 15 seconds in between pitches.
With runners on base, that time will be extended to 20 seconds.
Pitchers will also have 30 seconds to prepare in between hitters, as the graphic explains.
If a pitcher violates this rule, an automatic ball will be called.
If a hitter violates the pitch clock, an automatic strike will be called, though the regulations for hitters were not explained in the graphic.
What it could mean is that a hitter has a limited amount of time to step out of the batter’s box, or even call time and get settled.
It could also mean that a hitter must have at least one foot in the batter’s box at all times.
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