Rule changes tentatively approved for 2013

Monday Night Open Thread
Austin Romine, David Adams, and the WBC
Geez, that wasn’t even a good move Brett.

Three notable rule changes were approved at last week’s owners’ meetings, and they must now being given the okay by the players’ union before they can be officially implemented this coming season. That isn’t expected to be much of an issue. Here’s the skinny on the changes, courtesy of Jayson Stark

  • The Jeff Nelson move, as Michael Kay calls it, will now be considered a balk. That’s the ol’ fake-to-third, throw-to-first move. A handful of players fall for it each year. MLB can actually implement this without the union’s approval, but they’ll run it by the players for the sake of labor relations peace.
  • Coaches and managers will now be allowed to bring interpreters to the mound. That’s a pretty big deal and not just for the Hiroki Kuroda‘s and Hyun-Jin Ryu’s of the pitching world. There’s an awful lot of young Latin American-born pitchers who have yet to fully grasp the English language out there. Heck, I still haven’t grasped it.
  • Teams can now have a seventh coach in uniform and in the dugout during games. They had been limited to six before. A number of teams are carrying second hitting coaches these days — the Yankees haven’t added one yet — and this accommodates them.
Monday Night Open Thread
Austin Romine, David Adams, and the WBC
  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

    I was hoping that MLB eliminated the position of catcher thereby giving the Yankees one less hole to fill. They could replace the player with one of those bounce back pitching nets.

    • Rey22

      I bet you stick a bat in one of those nets and it puts up a better offensive season than Stewart/Cervelli will.

      • Vern Sneaker

        Doesn’t matter as long as they catch and throw, Jeter’s okay, and we get another right-handed bat (Morse!). We’ll score enough runs — will the pitching hold up is what ‘s worrying me though it looks pretty decent going in.

      • Vern Sneaker

        Doesn’t matter as long as they catch and throw, Jeter’s okay, and we get another right-handed bat (Morse!). We’ll score enough runs. Will the pitching hold up is what ‘s worrying me though it looks pretty decent going in.

      • Steve S

        To be fair, bounce back nets are the new market inefficiency.

  • Highland Cow

    I officially have no reason to watch the YES Network in 2013.

    • trr

      meredith marakovits?

      • Dropped Third

        Me gusta

      • Herby

        I always expect her to look at her hand to figure out the question she has to ask.

  • trr

    hated that “jeff nelson” move anyway

    • Vern Sneaker

      Me too. Pathetic. Almost as bad as having to listen to Kay compulsively call it the Jeff Nelson move EVERY F-ING TIME.

      • jim p

        Little known fact: “Kay” and “compulsively call” together make the most common phrase in English.

        • Jimmy

          A diving Jeter begs to differ.

          • NoMaas

            Is that shortened from “past a diving jeter” ?

    • johnnybk

      I don’t know. There is a purpose beyond it being a little league trick. If you want to hold the runner at first close, the fake to third stops the lead runner from bolting for home.

  • forensic

    The interpreter should help those mound visits drag out even longer than they already do.

    • Vern Sneaker

      How do you say “stick a fork in him” in Japanese?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Is there an online application for the “coach alternate” position? I’d like to submit my resume.

    A bit silly to ban the Jeff Nelson move. I’ve always liked little trickery like that.

    • Vern Sneaker

      It’s Kay’s fault. Should have called it something else. “The ol’ north to south move” or “The just catchin’ my breath gambit”. How about “It is high, it is far, he is safe.”

      • Steve S

        He legit could have called it anything. He really dropped the ball on that one.

    • Bo Knows

      Left handed people can’t fake from 1st to 3rd because that’s a balk, why should righties have the ability to do it?

      • Gonzo

        Hmmm, never thought of it that way. Thanks.

      • Bob Buttons

        Why should semi-serviceable lefties play many years while righties flame out?

      • Jimmy

        That’s a good point. Baserunners should be able to run the bases in reverse for lefties.

      • Nickel

        Fair point, but lefties have the clear advantage when it comes to runners on first, so it evens out. I think the lefties’ advantage is a better one, since runners on first happen more frequently than runners on third.

  • Alex Rodriguez

    Can they make the rules easier so I can hit better?

  • RetroRob

    The move is clearly meant to deceive. Have no idea why it was never considered a balk.

    I wonder how many pitchers will accidentally do the move, forgetting it’s now banned? Creatures of habit.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Furthermore, I wonder how many umpires will forget to call it.

  • Jamey

    The less grey area between pick-off move & balk the better.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Steve Trachsel retired just in time.

  • Chelo

    I apply for the Yankees Second Designated hitting coach job, in December lol, Im praying my little league coaching experience plays up in the show lol

  • jim p

    So, the rare fake-to-first, throw-to-third move is still allowed then?

  • MB923

    That looks like it’s a balk anyway in the GIF there. (And I mean based on the old rules too when the Jeff Nelson move wasn’t a balk).

  • Nickel

    The banning of the “Jeff Nelson” move has me curious. How are they wording it exactly? As the rule stands now, at least as I always remembered it, (and someone correct me if I’m wrong) is that, from the set position, you can fake a throw to any base except 1st. Once you fake a throw and your foot is off the rubber, you can pretty much throw wherever you want. Can you just not fake a throw to third now? If that part is still legal, are they saying that if there’s a runner on first and he strays farther from the base, you can’t make an effort to pick him off? Can you only run at him? If he’s way off the base and you run at him, how long does it take before you can throw the ball somewhere?

    At the major league level, stuff like this almost never happens anyway, but I figure the rules have to account for it somehow.

  • Alex H

    I think getting rid of this move is meaningless because it has been a part of the game for so long. Also, if they are getting rid of it to speed up the game then it will not speed it up much at all. This move is used one or two times a game at the most. Another thing is pitchers might do this move forgeting it was banned and be called for a balk. I realize the move only works every once in awhile but getting rid of it is useless.