Will there be any pushback against MLB's rule changes? (0:38)

There will be a lot of interest in the proposed rule changes for baseball. 0:39

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There is going to be change in the majors. The Major League Baseball's competition committee is scheduled to vote on rule changes on Friday. All of these rules have been in place in the minor league for a long time.

A limit to how many times a pitcher can disengage from the rubber is one of the rules. Everything you need to know about the new rules is here.

The shift

There will be four infielders on the dirt and two on each side of second base when a pitch is thrown. The ball will leave the pitcher's hand and players will be able to move.

The game will continue without penalties if the hitting team reaches base and the runners advance on a ball hit under the violation. If the play has other consequences, the hitting team can either accept the penalty or decline it, and the play will continue.

The batting average in the league is the lowest it has been in 50 years. This year's rate of 5.35 per team, the fourth-lowest in MLB history, is due in part to a lack of singles, as well as the fact that the next three seasons will fill three spots on the all-time list.

The batting average on balls in play by left-handed hitters rose during the first two months of the minor league season in the lower levels of the minor league. It was up three points at Triple-A.

It would be difficult to find a left-handed hitter who would not be in favor of eliminating the shift.

Dodgers outfielder Joey Gallo said they never had that growing up. It wasn't a thing in the minor leagues. It has gotten more effective over time. It could be changed from a hitter's point of view.

Some pitchers are also on board with the move.

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Pitch clock

The pitchers will only have 15 seconds to throw a pitch with the bases empty and a runner on base. The batter needs to be in the box with eight seconds on the clock.

The pitcher will be charged with a ball if he doesn't start the motion to deliver a pitch before the clock runs out. A batter will be charged with a strike if he takes too long to enter the box.

The average time of a nine-inning major league game is 3 hours, 4 minutes, which is a six-minute decline from last year's all-time high, but the time of game has been rising continuously since first crossing.

Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen has averaged 26.1 seconds between pitches this season, which is more than any other pitcher.

The results were immediate when harsher pitch clock enforcement began in the minor leagues. Under the new rules, the average game time was 2 hours, 39 minutes. The average time of a control set of 335 games run without the clock to begin the season is two hours, 59 minutes, and 24 minutes shorter than the average of the 2021 season.

Veteran relief pitchers are worried about rushing through high-leverage situations after the pitch clock was implemented. Many young players who have spent time in the minor leagues are used to it. The new pickoff rules are tied to the pitch clock and will cause a lot of debate among players.


Pickoffs are now considered one version of "disengagements", which include any time that the pitcher makes a pickoff attempt, fakes a pickoff, or steps off the rubber. There are two disengagements per plate appearance.

Unless at least one player advances a base, the pitcher will be charged with a balk.

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A lack of action on the basepaths has been a concern of MLB's in recent attempts to improve the look of the sport. The stolen base rates were around 0.75 in the 1980s and 1990s.

The pickoff rules went into effect in Single-A and High-A in 2021. Major League Baseball has seen big gains throughout the minor leagues this year as the rules have been expanded to every league. So far this year, no team in the majors has averaged more than one stolen base attempt.

Bigger bases

The base will be raised from 15 to 18 inches.

They're trying to change by increasing the size of the bases and decreasing injuries around them.

In Triple-A, the first season of larger bases didn't make much of a difference, but in the lower levels, bigger bases combined with rules about pickoffs saw large increases in stolen bases. The MLB doesn't think either change will make teams unable to control the run game.