“This is Bad For Baseball”: Fans Chastise MLB Top Brass’ Strict Directive Aimed at Pitchers Ahead of the 2023 Season

Published 02/24/2023, 5:45 AM EST

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Ballplayers have been playing organized baseball in some form since the 19th century. Over the decades since then, the game has evolved and rules have changed. But one thing has remained the same; sometimes players go around the rules and use unfair methods to improve their game.

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Even in Major League Baseball today, players find ways to bend the rules. The only thing that has changed is that the methods of cheating have become more sophisticated. MLB recently announced a stricter approach to one offense in particular. This has caused fans to mock the League and its top brass, believing that players will anyway find a way to get rid of this rule, too.

MLB is going to enforce stricter in-game checks on pitchers

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Throughout baseball history, pitchers have used sticky substances to enhance their play. This happens in today’s baseball as well, despite the in-game checking and other procedures. But according to Talkin’ Baseball, MLB is going to enforce stricter in-game substance checks on pitchers. They also mentioned that pitchers seemed to be aware of when checks are going to happen. This makes it easy for them to decide when to use the sticky substance. 

In a Tweet, Talkin’ Baseball said, “MLB has told umpires to be more strict when it comes to in-game substance checks on pitchers, per @jaysonst”. They also said, “Hitters suggested that pitchers knew when the rules were routinely being enforced so they were using stickier substances when possible”. It will be interesting to see how this rule affects pitchers across the league. 

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Fans have reacted to the news with mockery toward MLB. Some wondered why this is being enforced now. Others expressed their opinions on how this would affect the League.

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But despite the reactions on Twitter, this can be a great change for Major League Baseball. This is not the only change that will occur this season. The winds of change are blowing through MLB and the 2023 season may be the start of a new era. 

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It will be interesting to see how these rule changes affect MLB players and baseball in general. What do you think of the MLB’s stricter in-game checking for pitchers? Please share your thoughts on the topic in the comments below!

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.
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