The Impact of MLB’s New Rules

Chad and Pete explore the impact of the new rules.

Keep or Kut – The new rules don’t go into effect until 2023, but for your keeper leagues, they start impacting player values now. Pete (@PeteBBaseball) and Chad (@chadyoung) look at the shift ban, pitch clock, larger bases and limits on pick-offs, discussing and debating the fantasy impact, plus their thoughts on whether the rules are good for the game.

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1:18 – A quick look at where Pete and Chad stand in their leagues as we enter the final month

6:29 – The shift rule and its impact on hitters who pull the a lot of grounders

20:14 – No shifts means a premium is placed on defense, particularly at 2B, which will impact the player pool

24:20 – Will the shift ban be good for the game of baseball?

26:41 – Comparing the new pitch clock to existing tempo data and wondering how this will impact SP, especially veterans

33:53 – Looking at the fastest and slowest working pitchers today

40:56 – Will the pitch clock be good for the game of baseball?

46:24 – The bigger bases and limits on pick-offs will increase stolen bases, particularly for guys who already steal a lot

55:07 – Will the pitch clock be good for the game of baseball?


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Chad Young

Chad is a long-time fantasy player and baseball fan, who learned to love the game watching 100 loss teams in the truly awful Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Chad writes Going Deep for Pitcher List and co-hosts the Keep or Kut podcast on the Pitcher List Podcast Network. Chad is also one of the creators of ottoneu and you can hear him on the Ottobot Podcast and read his work on FanGraphs.

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