Major League Baseball
Per Jacob Bogage of The Washington Post, these are the new rules changes that are being experimented with so the MLB can get an idea of what works best and what doesn't.
Breaking: the rules changes @MLB is experimenting with in the @AtlanticLg are here:— ((( Jacob Bogage ))) (@jacobbogage) March 8, 2019
- move the mound back 2 feet
- larger bases (18 sq in)
- prohibition against defensive shifts
- radar-enabled K zone
- 3 batter minimum for pitchers
- no mound visits unless removing pitcher
Who knows which of these rules (if any) will make their way to MLB ballparks in the future, but you can bet there will be a gigantic debate about each of these measures.
The agreement between the MLB and the Atlantic League runs for three years. One of the rules that was previously tested in the Atlantic League and is being implemented in Spring Training games this year is the pitch clock, which has gone over rather smoothly.
MLB is using the independent Atlantic League to experiment with rules this year.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) March 8, 2019
Here are the just-announced changes: pic.twitter.com/PFsj6s8c5c
In recent years, baseball has been involved in a battle with time, as its slower pace doesn't always make it the most intriguing TV product.
The no mound visits unless removing a pitcher rule as well as a three-batter minimum for pitchers could help to speed up the game a bit, while the banning of defensive shifts would allow stars like Bryce Harper