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Most of all the men behind the plate without a glove to protect them.

A pitch clock - a sore point for many players and fans - won't be added, at least for now, but the changes that will take place will be felt throughout the game as Commissioner Rob Manfred continues to push for faster-paced games.

The MLB also said it plans to set two-minute limits on breaks between innings and at pitching changes. It's been a part of the game for a long time, but in recent years, it has become more of an issue.

"Some people may say that a catcher visiting with the pitcher isn't a big deal", he said, "but what if you've already had five mound visits and you got your closer on the mound in the ninth inning, and you're facing the three and four hitters with guys on second and third, bases loaded?" "Yeah, we play long games. It's just the nature of the beast".

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said he was still reviewing the changes.

I commend baseball for realizing they can not get without giving. They go to the mound. A mound visit includes a coach or manager walking to the mound, a catcher going to the mound to talk to his pitcher, or a position player leaving his position to speak with the pitcher.

Players, though, are waiting for clarity on the new limit for mound visits. Same with an infielder.

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Melvin said, not fully in jest, teammates could start yelling their messages from a distance.

Each team will be limited to six mound visits (that aren't for substitutions) per game. If these initiatives work and game time is shorter in 2018, perhaps a clock isn't on the horizon. "And if we can prepare our catchers and pitchers and their communication better than other teams, maybe we won't get confused like other teams".

I'm sorry, but that's not the game of baseball I grew to know and love. I didn't want to go home. "We had a pitcher-catcher relationship day today, and we brought that up". I don't want the games to end when I go. It's 15 seconds. He's a little frustrated. "We've got to save (the visits) for our coaches".

The timer begins at the instant of the final out of the previous inning, or whenever a replay situation is resolved. A pitching change will not count as a visit. Other than announcing there will not be any ball or strike penalties for violating these rules, Major League Baseball vaguely announced violators will be subject to "progressive discipline".

To the relief of players, the Major League Baseball won't implement a 20-second pitch clock or a between-batter timer, though Commissioner Rob Manfred indicated those steps may be considered in the future if Monday's changes aren't sufficient. The rule change will cut down on those visits considerably.

Another significant change coming soon is in-between innings; the pitcher will be instructed to toss his final warmup pitch once the timer strikes 20 seconds.


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