Nothing as extreme as a pitch clock or limiting mound visits is coming through the pipeline, but Major League Baseball is expected announce three pace of play rule changes, mlb.com reports.
Thankfully, the replay review process is already being overhauled. Last season, managers would leisurely stroll to have a chat with the umpire involved while stalling for time to allow the clubhouse replay man to evaluate whether to challenge or not. Now they have to initiate the challenge from the dugout, though it's not clear how much time they'll be given.
Secondly, MLB will finally enforce the rule requiring batters to keep at least one foot in the box between pitches unless an "established exemption" occurs. This should help cut down on between pitch rituals that turn Yankees-Red Sox games into four-hour marathons.
The final rule change will be that hitters and pitchers must be ready to play at the end of commercial breaks, though the details haven't quite been worked out.
Thankfully, the pitch clock, which baseball experimented with in last year's Arizona Fall League, will not be used at the major league level for the foreseeable future, though it will be implemented at Double-A and Triple-A games this year.Read more... Join the Conversation...