Major League Baseball has announced an additional set of rule changes that will end up in the Atlantic Professional Baseball League during the second half of the 2019 Atlantic League season, which begins Friday, July 12.
One of the changes is that the throwers must now clear themselves before attempting to attack a baseball player. In MLB, this is not necessary because launchers are allowed to launch to any base without leaving the mound.
Another rule change is that a no-fault cargo will be allowed with a count of two taken before the registration of a withdrawal. The first attempt at checking with two takes was previously treated as a regular touch attack.
Among the other additions, there is the possibility for the batter to "steal" the first goal when a receiver does not receive the ball on the fly. This includes passing balls or wild lands. A batter may be returned to first base in the event that he tries to advance when a ball goes past the net.
Finally, the check-check rule will now strongly favor hitters. Most often, when a batter checks his momentum, the pitch will be considered a ball instead of a shot.
The new set of rules will be implemented in addition to the changes made before the start of the 2019 season.
Among these modifications, the marble referees are now assisted by a radar tracking system and a zone of attack defined by the MLB. In addition, mound visits were essentially prohibited, except for launcher changes and medical examinations.
Throwers must also face a minimum of three hitters or reach the end of the inning before they can leave the match unless the thrower is injured. This is a rule that will make its way to the MLB for the start of the 2020 season.
Other changes include increasing the size of bases from 15 square inches to 18 square inches. In an effort to shorten playing times, the interval between innings and pitchers' shifts was also reduced from two minutes and five seconds to one minute and 45 seconds.
Although most of these game rules probably never end up in the MLB, some people in the sport have expressed dissatisfaction with the experiences at ALPB.
Rich Hill was not a supporter of the initial rule changes that shaped the Atlantic League and considers himself an old disciple who opposes any radical change in the way baseball is play.