Will the new wrinkles impact the defending World Series champions in 2023?
Teams across Major League Baseball are dealing with the sport’s new rules changes during Spring Training, though one projection system suggests the Houston Astros may be particularly hurt by the adjustments imposed by the league.
MLB has instituted a new pitch clock for the 2023 season as well as limits on pick-off attempts, which the league hopes will create faster games and spur more action. The rules changes appear to be working in the first respect. Game times are being trimmed by upwards of 30 minutes in Spring Training contests, with the pitch clock in particular eliminating much of the lag time during at-bats. As for the rules’ impact on the players, that’s a different story. Players on the Astros and other teams have grumbled about being rushed by the new rules, with many claiming the rules are largely at the aid of pitchers.
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