Monday, February 19, 2007
New 12 second rule in baseball
Only 41 days til opening day, just in time to start discussing some new rule changes in the mlb!! One of them stuck out as being interesting. Over at the Pastime, they've mentioned that there is now a 12 second rule that states once the batter steps into the batter's box, the pitcher has just 12 seconds (the old rule was 20) to release the ball. I'm not sure how this will be enforced, and I'm not sure if the count gets reset if the pitcher steps off the mound. I've taken a few minutes to review the rules, and they do not mention any exceptions to the rule. I kind of doubt this will ever come into play, but we shall see if and how the umpires choose to enforce this. So, if you see an umpire waving his arm in the same motion a basketball referee counts the 8 seconds, don't be alarmed, he is not doing the robot dance behind the plate, he just misplaced his stopwatch.