Thursday, February 25, 2016
MLB Adds New Clock And Sliding Rules For 2016 Season
Baseball announced three new rules today—two dealing with 'pace-of-play' timing issues and one having to do with second-base sliding. The most intriguing new rule is the implementation of a 30-second clock on mound visits by managers and coaches. Hallelujah! Also, the between-innings allotment of time for broadcasters (read: commercials) has been reduced. Hallelujah again! Lastly, the much-talked-about new second-base sliding guidelines will—essentially—re-emphasize rules already on the books. Most see this as an effort to take discretion away from umpires on these plays. Basically, the new "guidelines" state that runners must: a.) slide prior to reaching the base; b.) slide so that he is able to reach or touch the base; c.) slide so that he is able to attempt to stay on the base; and 4.) not to change his pathway to the base. We'll see how this actually plays out during the season.