MLB adopts major rule changes for 2023 season

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball adopted its first pitch clock, defensive shift limits and larger bases for next season in an effort to shorten games and increase offense in a traditional sport.

The decision on clock and shift limits by the sport’s 11-man competition committee was made Friday after unanimous opposition from the committee’s players, who approved the larger bases. The changes had long been pushed by baseball commissioner Rob Manfred in an effort to combat the four-decade increase in dead time and stifling offense in the analytics era.

“During extensive testing in recent years, minor league personnel and a wide range of fans – from the most loyal to casual observers – have recognized the collective impact of these changes in making the game even better and more enjoyable,” Manfred said in statement.

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