New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

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New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit
New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a game under baseball’s new pace of play rules.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and executive Joe Torre explained some of the parameters Tuesday, one day after MLB imposed stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed up games.

Umpires will keep players from proceeding to see the pitcher if six mound visits have already occurred.

Manfred says: “I don’t see pace of games issues as harsh or not harsh. I see them as a fan friendly issue.”

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FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walks out to pitcher Alex Wood during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros, in Houston. Major League Baseball is imposing stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. The new rules announced Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gestures while speaking during a Major League Baseball owners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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