the first new MLB rules since '96

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the shark has pearly teeth

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 March 2019 18:30 (three months ago) link

apparently the mound will *not* be moved back in the atlantic league this season after all

good news for new long island duck jon niese

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:54 (three months ago) link

that did seem the most harebrained

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:49 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

thought this was a joke; apparently it is not

Atlantic League announce 4 new rules:
Pitcher required to step off the rubber in order to attempt a pickoff.
1 foul bunt is permitted with 2 strikes before strikeout is called.
Check swing rule made more batter friendly.
Batters may steal 1st on any pitch not caught by catcher.

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 11, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:03 (one week ago) link

why WHY

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:33 (one week ago) link

is the foul bunt rule meant to encourage more bunting? seems odd

also, embarrassed to not know for sure, but i thought a pitcher was already required to step off the rubber before a pickoff?

Karl Malone, Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:39 (one week ago) link

If on the rubber, the motion has to be directed entirely toward a single base. i.e. home, first, etc

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:40 (one week ago) link

i think i was confused my the rules in my childhood league - i was always required to step off the rubber. i remember vividly because i got several balks called on me and had no idea wtf was going on

Karl Malone, Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:42 (one week ago) link

i will never pay to see a "stealing first" league game

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:02 (one week ago) link

i guess some of this might somehow yield more ~action on the bases~

insofar as it does, it would also make the games longer

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:22 (one week ago) link

Yeah Karl I remember something similar. the MLB rules allow for that classic leftie pick-off move where they lift their right leg up but you don't know yet which way they're going.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:28 (one week ago) link


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