Major League Baseball
announced multiple possible rule changes Tuesday, according to the Associated Press
. The new rules will be tested in the Atlantic League, an independent minor league partnered with MLB.
The changes that MLB
is looking at are a “designated pinch runner, ‘double-hook’ designated hitter rule and further limitations on a pitcher’s ability to make pickoff moves,” reported the AP.
A “designated pinch runner,” would allow a baseball team to place a bench player into the game as a substitute baserunner. Despite making a replacement, both players would be allowed to return to the game. Under current rules, a baseball player is no longer allowed to play in a game once substituted.
The “double-hook” designated hitter rule is more of a punishment towards teams, rather than additional leverage like the designated pinch runner. If a team’s starting pitcher doesn’t go five innings, they will lose their designated hitter (DH), while they’ll get to keep it if a pitcher goes the full five. If they don’t, their pitcher spot in the lineup will be forced to hit for the rest of that particular game.