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Major League Baseball to limit mound visits from players and coaches in 2018

Major League Baseball to limit mound visits from players and coaches in 2018 Major League Baseball to limit mound visits from players and coaches in 2018
Judith Alexander | 21 February, 2018, 09:16

That also includes a pitcher leaving the mound to meet with another player, no matter the length of the visit or where it happens.

Negotiations with the MLBPA continued since then, eventually against the backdrop of a slow and contentious free agent season this winter in which more than 80 free agents remain without teams.

Other changes were resisted by the MLB Players Association as if they were hourly employees.

Major League Baseball announced Monday their initiatives for the upcoming season to improve the pace of play of games.

The players union had already rejected several pace of play proposals, including installing a 20-second pitch clock and raising the bottom of strike zone to the top of the kneecap. Obviously, that was not put into place this year. Aaron Boone, the new Yankees' manager, said he hoped the team could use the new rules to gain an advantage, and the New York Mets' new manager, Mickey Callaway, agreed.

Teams will get an extra mound visit for each inning after the ninth.

Mound visits will be limited to six during a nine-inning game, with additional visits available if a game goes to extra innings.

That rule remains. Also, there are a few exemptions from the mound visit rule. I don't want the games to end when I go.

While MLB will not mandate the tracking of mound visits on ballpark scoreboards, at least some teams are expected to keep an updated tab on the scoreboard. A second visit in an inning by a manager or coach still results in a pitching change.

Batter must approach the box as the last warm-up pitch is thrown.

Position players going to the mound to clean their spikes during rainy conditions.

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Any visit concerning a potential injury.

A visit after a pinch-hitter is announced. While there are some exceptions (injuries, crossed signals, stepping off the mound), the rule itself should limit how often catchers jog to the mound to chat.

"To me, at that point, it's too late", Verlander said, adding later, "I think this is a Band-Aid on what I wasn't considering a bigger issue".

"We're wanting the same thing fans are wanting".

Pitchers are no longer guaranteed the current 8 warm-up pitches. Batters must leave the on-deck circle at the 20-second mark.

0 seconds remaining: Pitcher must begin to deliver a pitch to the batter.

Speeding up gameplay is all well and good, but what does this mean for those mid-inning bathroom breaks?

There will be less time between innings and pitching changes.

As for the timer, there are no automatic ball/strike penalties.

Umpires shall direct players and enforce the inning break and pitching change time limits on the field. Other than announcing there will not be any ball or strike penalties for violating these rules, Major League Baseball vaguely announced violators will be subject to "progressive discipline". Repeat offenders of the rule could be subject to a fine, although there won't be any punishment for violating the rule during a game.

The pitch clock was introduced in 2015 in minor-league baseball. They've merely tabled talks for this year. I was pro-pitch clock, but that isn't happening.

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