Major League Baseball has largely been the same game throughout its 150-year history, but some changes could be on the horizon if these new Atlantic League rules catch on.


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.

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.

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 more opportunities to get on base and drive more action. While it remains to be seen whether these changes are ever implemented in the MLB, they'll certainly make the Atlantic League interesting to follow.