Major League Baseball (MLB) is in an atmosphere of realizing the purpose of speeding up the game and creating a more active baseball through new rules.
The Associated Press reported on the 11th (Korean time) that the MLB rules introduced this season, such as pitch clocks, defensive shift bans, and base size expansion, are taking effect at the beginning of the season.
Average time per 9-inning game decreased by 31 minutes.토토사이트
It was an average of 3 hours and 9 minutes over 11 days at the beginning of last year’s season, but it was estimated at 2 hours and 38 minutes this season. Compared to last year’s average game time of 3 hours and 4 minutes, it was shortened by 26 minutes.
The overall MLB batting average was 0.249, up 0.016 from last season compared to last year. Compared to the batting average at the beginning of the season last year, right-handed batters rose from 0.236 to 0.253, and left-handed hitters rose from 0.228 to 0.245.
Pitch clocks averaged 0.89 per game, with pitchers violating the most.
Of the 125 violations collected in 141 games, 85 were pitchers (68%). This was followed by 32 batters (25.6%) and 4 catchers (3.2%).
Steals per game increased by 30%.
Stealing averaged 1.3 per game. The average per game last year was 1.0. The stolen base success rate increased by 5.6 percentage points from 74% to 79.6%.
“I think the rule changes this season are good,” said Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona.
Colorado Rockies first baseman CJ Cron said, “This is my first experience.”
MLB introduced a pitch clock that limits pitching time this season. The pitch clock is 20 seconds if there is a runner and 15 seconds if there is no runner. If the throwing preparation motion is not completed within the time limit, it is counted as a ball.
In addition, pitchers were limited to throwing check balls up to two times per runner, and the bases for first and third bases were increased from 15 inches square to 18 inches square.
In addition, restrictions have been placed on the defensive shift, which moves the position of the fielder by analyzing the data and propensity of the opponent.
Infielders, except for the pitcher and catcher, cannot leave the infield dirt and must stand two on each side of second base. The defensive team must have at least four players in the infield.