M.L.B. Bans the Shift and Adds a Pitch Clock for 2023


Manfred noted that he had the power to act earlier in his tenure on rule changes but opted not to “out of a desire to work with the players.” As for the players voting against the new rules governing defensive shifts and a pitch clock, Manfred said that because the players are grouped into different positions — pitchers, position players, catchers — “it’s hard to get consensus from the...

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