Major League Baseball claims its making the changes for you. The cynic suggests they are making changes to their save their business. Many of us believe those are one and the same.
You, after all, are their business.
So while some are grumbling – including players – about the changes coming to MLB next season, remember this: the players agreed to this in the latest collective bargaining. That’s right, the players signed off on an 11-person rules committee that contains six owners, four players and one umpire, which means the they gave owners control of the rules. Players can complain about whatever they want – and their union will urge them to do so in to preserve the vitriol it wants from its membership toward ownership – but let’s not kid ourselves. If baseball union leadership felt strongly about the rules on the field, they would have fought for them.
Instead, they took higher rookie wages, pre-arbitration bonus money and cold, hard cash – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
But let’s not pretend now that they cared about the rules so much.
As for you, if you’re a traditionalist, you shouldn’t be bitching, either. The idea, after all, is to get the game back to what it was before data analysts micromanaged it to a halt, which is how we ended up here in the first place.
As such, here are the three prominent rule changes for 2023 – and why you should love them: