MLB comes to its senses, eliminates new transfer rule

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MLB has essentially eliminated the new transfer rule, effective immediately, the league announced. As we saw when Dustin Pedroia botched a potential double play last night, the new rule said a clean transfer from glove to barehand was required for an out. Things will now go back to the way they were for the last century or so. A bobble will usually result in an out if it was made on a transfer. Thank goodness. MLB did a real bang up job fixing something that wasn’t broken with the new rule.

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  • JCK

    Next up: a more sensible foreign substance rule.

    (And a chance to fix something that actually is relatively stupid.)

  • jsbrendog

    no, but they did do a bang up job of realizing, pin pointing, admitting, and fixing that fuck up with little to no problem.

    if this were hockey they would swear it worked! or ignore it and not change it…

  • ROB2023

    MLB changed the stupid rule because this time affected the RS negatively…Explain why MLB didn’t even consider changing the rule when exactly the same play happened 2 or 3 days ago to the Yankees?

    • JGYank

      Seriously? This has nothing to do with who it affected.

    • stuckey

      How do people walk around in life NOT realizing EVERY fan think the league and the media are out to get them and the league and the media are in cahoots to aid/talk up their chief rival?

      It’s the one UNIVERSAL thing ALL fans have in common.

    • JAG

      All the more reason I hope Lester or Buchholz gets caught for pine tar in the next week or so.

    • Mike Axisa

      They started working to change the rule a week ago.

    • JMK


    • Yan Solo

      Usually I feel my gut reaction is to always say, “Oh, so it happened to the Red Sox, so now they’ll fix it?!” That’s what fans do for teams they love. It’s the easy thing to say, but let’s be realistic. A new rule can’t be tossed out just because of one bad instance. Just like anything with the scientific method, you have to see multiple results verifying the same outcome before you can prove a hypothesis true or false (and in that sense, two errors is not enough evidence, but that’s besides the point I think). I think if the botched transfer rule had occurred to the Red Sox first and then to the Yankees (or really any two teams for that matter; just happens to be the Yankees/Red Sox always seem to be in the middle of things and lately they are in the middle of everything), I think they would still have thrown the new rule out…which we all know was a stupid rule to change in the first place. Now, they just need to act definitively on foreign substances. No gentleman’s rule. If it’s banned, enforce it. Plain and simple. If you’re not going to ban it, set some stinking guidelines and enforce those. I love the intricacies of baseball, but some of these gentleman’s rules and self-enforcing crap by players and managers needs to go.

      • OldYanksFan


    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Uh, no.

  • JGYank

    Finally. Don’t know why it was changed in the first place.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Still waiting for them to acknowledge my backlog of 434,896 instances of players from opposing teams fraternizing while in uniform.



  • ALZ

    Is good. Honestly I think that should have been an out with the Pedroia play.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Yeah. That benefitted us but, really, I couldn’t understand on what planet he didn’t have sufficient possession of that ball to record the out at second.

      A terrible rule. Glad it’s gone.

      • Yan Solo

        I would say probably Pluto, but who knows since it got demoted to the AAA of planets.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Pluto wuz robbed.

          • Yan Solo

            Really a one-dimensional piece of rock when you look at. Didn’t have all the tools to take it to the next level in the Milky Way League. Maybe if it worked on laying down a bunt against the shift?

    • RetroRob

      I saw a replay of that today and it was ridiculous. That was an out.

      I still would love to know why they changed a rule that didn’t need changing, but at least they fixed it after a few weeks.

  • TopChuckie

    Right after it happened to Roberts it was discussed in the media that it would probably be changed back to the old rule in the next week or so. It wasn’t a reaction to the Red Sox. If anything, the Red Sox got screwed because it took that long after the Roberts call to get it fixed.

  • David Ortiz’s Dealer

    Dustin PEDroia, never had control. kidding, But, MLB bends over backwards for 3rd world nation its nice to see them get screwed once in a while.

    I’d like to see the neighboorhood play at 2nd changed, touch the base with the ball, if you want to make it safer, then make runners have to slide leading body part feet or hands to the base.

    Call a strike over the belt.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Most of this post has me confused, but I agree with the last line, the strike zone is knees to numbers not midthigh to belt.

      • Yan Solo

        My dad made a bad ump in little league, but you had to appreciate his philosophy to an extent. “If you can reach it with the bat, it’s a strike!” Haha. Obviously not the way to call balls and strikes, but sometimes the strike zone is a giant mystery any given night.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Most of the little league umps in my town where the same way. Especially on really hot days or days where it was supposed to rain the ump would come by and let the dugout know before the game “Listen strikezone is nose to ankles today, if you can reach it you better swing.”

        • LarryM Fl

          I did not have that circumstance growing up in the game in the middle 50’s through college ball. The strike zone was arm pits to knees which if a pitcher had a good fastball up and in was difficult. I learned the strike zone and it stayed that way until I threw the glove in the closet. Unfortunately today the strike zone is below the knees to the belt in the big leagues. Batters complain when the ball is above the belt. Sometimes I watch pitches called balls that to me are perfectly good pitches and the pitcher just gets buried on the mound with umpire calls which appear to be horrible.

          • Yan Solo

            My wife and I got into a debate about the Yankees not swinging at any of Carp’s pitches last night. Some were easily hittable, but if it’s a ball…it’s a ball, right? We had a back and forth about what’s respectful and what’s not. But I agree with her (to an extent) that the Yankees could’ve easily taken a swing at plenty of his pitches and that the game wasn’t any fun to watch as he walked people left and right just because he couldn’t find the “strike zone”. But then again, you play the game the right way no matter what. I wanted that inning to just end, but I didn’t want to see the Yankees necessarily “doing Carp a favor” either by swinging at clear balls. Catch-22.

  • LarryM Fl

    When you see that the transfer is an independent action to the catch and touching the base. Pedroia had control when he touched second base. The out is recorded or it should have been but the Yanks suffered a situation such as this with Roberts. No immediate rule change was made in 24 hrs.