New Rules in MLB: Necessary or Not? (Chronicle by Mark Griffin)

From the outset, know that the new rules set to go into effect next season in major league baseball have been carefully studied by committees that include former managers, players and administrators. So, whether we agree or not, these rules don’t come from nowhere.

Here is a picture of these rules along with the reasons behind them and my opinion on their necessity.

dial between shots

Without consensus, most stakeholders were in favor of this rule. A maximum of 15 seconds between shots when there are no runners on the trails and 20 seconds with the runner(s).

This rule makes the batter and pitcher responsible for being ready within that time. All this has been tested at AAA level and it works perfectly. However, where the rule tickles the player union, it is punishment. The offending pitcher will be awarded a ball and the offending batter a strike.

The Players Association initially wanted a fine for a smooth start. I’m pretty comfortable with the ball and the extra grip, but it will be necessary to strictly enforce this rule from next spring training period to educate everyone involved. I can hardly imagine a championship race being decided on the third strike because the batsman was taking too long.

Baseball was due to be updated in 2022. I believe the dial rule will activate major league baseball. To the point where, in my opinion, this should have been the only news added for next year.

In connection with this new mode of operation, the pitcher would be able to remove his foot from the plate no more than twice per at-bat appearance. Therefore, if a fast runner finds himself on base, the pitcher must be sure to vary the timing of his break, but above all attempt to flight his receiver to develop an even faster pace toward the plate. Will have to give a chance during.

a thrower can throw 3I For example several times on first base, but the runner would have to be put out, so the runner would have to be careful in his spread. Although this rule appears to favor runners, testing at the AAA level has not shown a clear increase. if runner is safe on 3I effort, it will automatically advance a target.

In short, this rule does not distort the game on the field. However, it does ensure a good rhythm and a certain dynamism. I agree that this may bother some people who have been told throughout life to take their time, that there is no rush.

Know that 15 seconds with the runner and 5 more provides plenty of time for pitchers, catchers and hitters to get along and prepare for the next shot. Will she be perfect from the start? No! But with the rules being implemented right from the start of the season, we will all get used to it and probably adopt and appreciate it.

customized defense

The infield player who plays right in the field is gone. We apply this rule to see more hits. So each side will have two players and both feet will be on the ground.

I’m having a hard time understanding this new rule for several reasons.

Firstly, we want to speed up the pace and duration of matches and the Between Shots dial will do just that. But we also want more hits, which inevitably leads to more runs and therefore longer games. Teams are averaging 4.5 points per game in 2022, so a total of 9 points per game. Do we really want more?

Another reason I don’t like this rule is that we were really starting to see a new generation of contact hitters. Home runs are all well and good, but doubles and triples are just as exciting to watch.

Of course, the hitter who keeps hitting the ball in his own zone is disproportionately affected by optimized safety, especially left-handed hitters. Many fans did not understand why the player did not collect a bunt or even hit the ball on the opposite side of the appropriate defense to thwart this defense.

I respond to them by saying that bunting is a lot more complicated than people think, especially when the shot is, for example, on the inside corner to a left-hander who wants to keep the ball on the 3.I purpose. Similar observation on a left-handed hitter who wants to hit a ball to left field when all the shots he receives are inside. True, the challenge is tough, but hitters continued to find solutions and, in my opinion, were, for the most part, on the verge of countering the famously optimized defenses.

I also think we are going down. Teams using true defense have done their homework. If a player only hits ground balls to the right, honestly, too bad for them. Imagine if a batter is unable to hit an inning into the outside corner, would the innings have to be regulated because the batter’s average against that shot was less than .200? An exaggerated example? not much! Furthermore, baseball relies heavily on this statistic which has become, it should be said, obsolete. MPP (Average Power and Appearance) or if you prefer OPS (On the basis And slugging percentage) is more appropriate.

What would be the solution?

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Bobby Valentine as a manager, but his idea of ​​a proper defense suits me. The manager can use a different defense, so why not give a specific number.

I don’t have a specific number. Is it four, six, eight, whatever. So for special hitters or special times, the manager can put three players on one side of the infield or even four if he thinks that’s the strategy. Managers will have that extra card in their game. It’s no exaggeration to limit the number of times a defense like this can be used and the more creative teams will feel like they can exploit that aspect of the game. To me, it would have been far more interesting to have a way to control custom defenses that we could rename special defenses.

However, a rare positive point to this rule, but a real one, is that we will likely see more great games. Why? when the player of 3I– Goal ends in right field, right field and 2’s player right behindI -Goal right in front of him, that’s a lot of people to cover a small area. So there is more confusion than amazing games. By having only two infielders on one side with both feet on the ground, they have to cover more ground and thus create a spectacular sight.

extended padding

Not a salient point in my opinion. We are talking more about security and rightly so. A bass steerer may have more room to squeeze in an arm or leg, but I don’t think this new pad will significantly increase base steal numbers. So much the better if it encourages teams to run more.

There is no doubt that these new rules will be talked about. Let’s give Major League Baseball the time it needs to implement them before jumping to conclusions. Baseball needs to adapt. I’m pretty sure we needed the dial, but we’re going too far for customized security.

Also tell yourself that the Electronic Outlet Zone is coming in the next year or two. Whether we like it or not, baseball is getting modernized. Let’s just hope that baseball doesn’t shoot itself in the foot and that these changes can allow it to flourish.

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