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It's nearly time for Major League Baseball's opening day, and this season will feature several new rule changes that players and fans need to be aware of.
For the first time in history, teams will be allowed to use a “designated hitter” for their pitcher, allowing them to focus solely on their pitching duties. This could lead to more offense in games and could be an interesting new dynamic for teams to adjust to.
In an effort to reduce the time of games, the MLB has also implemented a new rule that requires teams to pitch within 12 seconds of a batter getting into the box after the last pitch. This is an effort to speed up the pace of the game and keep fans engaged throughout the game.
In addition to the DH and time-of-game rule changes, the MLB has implemented a few other changes that could have an impact on the game. This includes a ban on defensive shifts that exceed two infielders on either side of second base, as well as a ban on pitchers using foreign substances on the ball in an effort to increase the spin rate.
For those who are new to the game, these rule changes could take some getting used to. But for the experienced fan, the changes could make for an exciting and unique opening day. Whatever the outcome may be, one thing is for sure: MLB opening day will be full of new possibilities.