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Big changes for minor league baseball - including in Salem

Big changes for minor league baseball - including in Salem

Minor League Baseball announced a trio of rule changes on Wednesday that will affect the pace of play in games throughout the minors.

The changes that will take effect in Minor League Baseball include all extra-inning games beginning with a base runner on second. The runner will be the player that precedes the leadoff hitter in the batting order or a substitute pinch runner.

Who is the runner?

Also per the new rules, coaching visits will be limited based on the levels.

Triple-A teams are limited to six mound visits by coaches and position players per game. "Player safety has been an area of growing concern for our partners at the Major League Baseball level, and the impact that lengthy extra innings games has on pitchers, position players and the entire organization was something that needed to be addressed".

For Double-A and Triple-A teams, there will be a 15-second pitch clock when no runners are on base and a 20-second clock with base runners, The Washington Post reported.

-Following any event (e.g., pick-off play) that permits the batter to leave the batter's box, the timer shall start when the pitcher has possession of the ball in the dirt circle surrounding the pitcher's rubber, and the catcher is in the catcher's box. There is a lot of latitude given to umps to reset the clock for various reasons.

For the pitch clock, the pitcher must begin their wind-up or motion to the plate within 15 seconds. That clock has been shown to reduce game length by a few minutes in the minor leagues.

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We could one day Major League Baseball add similar rules.

With that in mind, here's what you need to know about each of the rule changes. People will get used to it and civilization will not fall. I'm cool with the runner on second in the minors.

Will the runner on second rule make a big difference? The moves come as part of an ongoing experiment in baseball to shorten games, particularly those that go into extra innings.

The rules are meant to shorten the length of extra-inning games and the number of mound visits throughout a game, keeping in mind player safety and providing more action for viewers. Every time! I say go full insane and start each extra-inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Forty percent of them last 10 innings. True marathon games are rare. All of which is to say that this is much ado about nothing.

So why such a drastic change to the game?

Purists will bristle much more at the runner-on-second rule, but it's a much bigger philosophical change than it is a practical one.

These changes should mostly be seen as Rob Manfred making it so that it can not be said he's doing nothing about a problem he's made a far bigger deal about than most people have. Otherwise, it's all kind of silly.


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