Monday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that they will implement a set of experimental rules in the minor league system. Now, MLB has announced that they will implement another set of experimental rules with the Atlantic League (an MLB partner league).
The rules that MLB will implement involve the double hook and how it affects the DH and setting a new rule dealing with dropped balls by the catcher.
Double Hook and DH Adjustments: Previously in the Atlantic League, if you pulled your starting pitcher, you would lose your DH in the lineup at the same time. The new rule states that if your starting pitcher goes five innings or more and you then pull him, you will not lose the DH. “This rule intends to place emphasis on longer outings by starting pitchers,” the league noted.
Dropped Pitch Rule: The new rule states that a batter will now be free to try and advance to first base on any pitch not caught by the catcher. If there is a runner on first base, the batter can still try and get to first. If the batter is safe, he is rewarded a hit. “This rule will increase the importance of taking care of the ball and reward athletic players who can capitalize on wild pitches and passed balls,” said the league.