College baseball rule change proposals draw ire from fans
New rule proposals are rankling college baseball fans, as the NCAA on Friday announced potential changes to celebrations, runners on second base in extra innings and in-game action clock changes.
Under the proposal, with runners on base, a pitcher would be required to start the motion of throwing a pitch or making a pickoff throw to avoid violating the action clock.
Pitchers would be allowed one step-off or fake throw to a base per batter to reset the clock.
Here are other proposals:
- Starting with the 2023 season, celebratory props would not be allowed outside the dugout.
- All coaching appeals of an umpire’s decision or interpretation of the rules for a play on the bases are to be made at the middle point of the team’s respective foul line. A coach shall not enter the dirt circle for decisions or interpretations of the rules for plays at home plate or for lineup changes.
- Either by conference rule or mutual consent between the two teams, a game could be completed with one umpire.
- Either by conference rule or mutual consent between the two teams, all extra innings (10th inning of a nine-inning game or eighth inning of a seven-inning doubleheader game) would start with a runner on second base.
The immediate reaction was that it’s the NCAA outlawing “fun,” and not addressing an age-old problem for college baseball: the 11.7 scholarship limit.
Here’s a sampling of some of the reaction:
“…With runners on base, a pitcher would be required to start the motion of throwing a pitch or making a pickoff throw to avoid violating the action clock.
Pitchers would be allowed one step-off or fake throw to a base per batter to reset the clock.”
— Lainey Gerber (@laigerber) July 15, 2022
Rules changes to the dumbest shit. How about third on field coach and more scholarships??? 🤷🏼♂️🤷🏼♂️ 11.7 without being able to use Academic aid too is a bunch of horseshit. Stop putting players in debt https://t.co/DycroFkM4r
— Cody Smith (@Cody3Smith) July 15, 2022
The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee proposed some changes on Friday.
* No more celebratory props on the field in 2023
* Conferences/coaches can agree to put a runner on second base in extra innings
* Several action clock changes in-gamehttps://t.co/nCW6V5kryE
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) July 15, 2022
Uh yea what problems does a daddy hat and fur coat cause?
— Paul Jones (@jones_paul1575) July 15, 2022
Meanwhile we are still at 11.7……. pic.twitter.com/UeEZCWhq2c
— 5127GATA (@5127GATA) July 15, 2022
— Donald Kennedy (@DonaldKennedyIV) July 15, 2022
PROPS ARE FUN THIS IS LAME https://t.co/D4gRYzPR8t
— Ashton Pollard (@ashtonpollard7) July 15, 2022
— Aidan Butler (@Aidan_Butler25) July 15, 2022