MLB RULE CHANGES FOR 2023
Major League Baseball announced on Sept. 9 three
rule changes that have been approved by a majority vote
of the joint Competition Committee for play during 2023
spring training, regular season and postseason.
The changes, which were tested extensively at the
minor league level for the past several years, include
adjustments based on feedback from Major League player
and umpire representatives.
Pitch timer: A pitch timer will improve pace of play
and reduce dead time. Its regulations are the following:
• A pitcher must begin his motion before the expiration
of the timer. Pitchers will have up to 15 seconds between
pitches when the bases are empty and up to 20 seconds
between pitches with at least one runner on base.
• A pitcher may disengage the rubber timer resets
twice per plate appearance without penalty. Subsequent
disengagements result in a balk, unless an out is recorded
on a runner.
• The disengagement count resets if the runner advances;
testing in the minors had no reset until the following
• A hitter must be in the batter’s box and alert to the
pitcher with at least 8 seconds remaining.
• A hitter receives one timeout per plate appearance.
• Umpires will have authority to provide additional
time if warranted by special circumstances e.g. the
catcher makes the last out of the inning and needs additional
I REFERRALS! I’’d to be your REALTOR®.
16 Port St. Lucie Magazine
time to get into defensive position.
Defensive shift restrictions:
• Lateral positioning: Two infielders must be positioned
on each side of second base when the pitch is released.
• Depth: All four infielders must have both feet within
the outer boundary of the infield when the pitcher is on
• No switching sides: Infielders may not switch sides
unless there is a substitution.
Bigger bases: With the goal of improving player safety,
the size of first, second and third base will increase from
the standard 15-inch square to an 18-inch square.
• Bigger bases will reduce the distance between first
and second and between second and third base by 4.5
inches, thereby encouraging offensive clubs to attempt
to steal bases more frequently and generally to be more
aggressive on the basepaths.
PORT SAINT LUCIE RESIDENT REAL ESTATE AGENT
with over 20 years experience
“Marissa has been our agent for two home sales and three home purchases. She is the
consummate professional handling all our needs from advertising our homes with beautiful
photos to setting up searches for new homes in our ever expanding areas of interests.
Marissa is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. She was delightful to work with and
we have come to consider her a part of our family! “
- Joseph & Barbara Z. Tradition – Port St Lucie, FL
Marissa Corbo, ABR, CDPE, CRS, GRI
Cell (772) 528-6914
Marissa@WaterPointe.com | www.MarissaCorbo.com