By getting the broken leg of Ruben Tejada – in playoffs of last season – as reference the major league baseball banned the rolling blocks. The change of the rules announced to the media on Thursday and from now on, current and updated rules will be on charge. The officials also stated that neighborhood plays as well as the takeout slides will be subjected to the video reviews during the game which neighborhood plays were never become the subject for reviews during the baseball history. Most of the baseball fans believe that this will drop the quality of the game however they are all happy as well since players will reduced risk of getting injured.
Major League Baseball and the players’ union have banned rolling block slides to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley that broke a leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year’s playoffs.
Under the rules change announced Thursday, a runner must make a “bona fide slide,” defined as making contact with the ground ahead of the base, being in position to reach the base with a hand or foot and to remain on it, and sliding within reach of the base without changing his path to initiate contact with a fielder.
An umpire can call both the runner and batter out for a violation.
In addition, takeout slides and neighborhood plays will be subject to video review. In the past, the neighborhood play wasn’t subject to review.
Baseball and the union also agreed to limit mound visits by managers and pitching coaches to 30 seconds and to cut the countdown clock for between-innings breaks by 20 seconds, to 2:05 for most games and 2:25 for nationally televised matchups.
In Port St. Lucie, Florida, Mets manager Terry Collins was not enthralled when he was informed that the neighborhood play would now be reviewable.
“We’re making a slide rule that keeps you on the bag,” Collins said. “You’ve got to be near the bag. And now we’re making a decision on the neighborhood play that you’ve got to stay on the bag. You know what that’s going to mean? Someone is going to get their clocks cleaned.”