There will be lots of MLB Rules Changes being made in 2023 because MLB wants more pace of play to the game. Last Year on Average Baseball games lasted 3 Hours and 3 minutes. The changes to the MLB Rules this year include pitch clock, Bigger Bases, and no Shift. It could Benefit the Brewers this season because Offensively last year they hit into a lot of bad luck with the defensive shifting all the time.
So for Pitch clock Pitchers will only get 15 seconds with the Bases empty and 20 seconds with runners on the Bases. Batters will have to be in the box alert to the pitcher with 8 seconds on the pitch clock if Batter doesn’t it’s a violation and called a automatic strike. 30 seconds between each Batter, pitchers are only 2 pickoff attempts per batter more than that is an automatic Balk.
Bigger Bases this season could bring back stolen bases like back in the early 2000s before analytics have taken over the game of Baseball. Bases have grown from 15 inches to 18 inches and has reduced the distance between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd by 4.5 inches.
I feel like having no shift will be intriguing. There must be at least 2 infielders on either side of 2nd base when the pitch is being delivered. Also they must be on the infield dirt whenever the pitcher is on the pitching rubber. If Defense violates the rule Offense could get a automatic ball and the result of the play.
Ways that Brewers can Benefit from MLB Rules Changes.
1. With no defensive shifting The Brewers offense might be awarded with more pull side Base Hits and less Hard contact outs.
2. Christian Yelich could be beneficial with all these changes he’s one of top 10 players in Baseball with Hard hit % just doesn’t have the hits to show for it.
3. Pitching and Defense will probably be beneficiaries as well because normal Double play depth will probably be routine Double plays finally. Instead of infielders playing out of position and have to try make difficult pivots to turn 2. Pitching will have better pace now so pitchers can have better rhythm than before and less pickoff attempts means pitchers will also have more focus on the Batter than the Base runners.
There is also negatives for The Brewers with MLB rules.
1. Counsell loved shifting as much as anyone in Baseball over his tenure as Manager. Now without being able to have defense play all over the Diamond this could definitely cost Brewers some outs on the field this season.
2. Brewers Batters will probably struggle with the new MLB rules. Not being able to step out more than once and having to be looking at the pitcher with 8 seconds on the clock going to the plate.
3. Depending on what routine a pitcher has could be problematic for pitchers who rely on taking their time pitching the ball. This Could result in more injuries and for both sides of the ball because they won’t be used to the game being this fast paced.
In conclusion Baseball is going to so much different than ever before but I believe it’s going to have a some positive impact and some negative. Especially for the Brewers so let’s get the Baseball season started and see how it plays out.
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