Even if you run inside the foul line, it is allowed.

The U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) will expand the route from home to first base next season.

Local media, including MLB.com, reported on the 22nd (Korean time), “The MLB Game Committee approved rule changes to expand the first base lane and strengthen the pitch clock that limits pitching time.”

According to this, the game committee decided to recognize the dirt space between the foul line and the infield grass as a main road. This means that there is no problem as long as the batter does not step on the infield grass even if he runs toward first base and runs inside (left) of the foul line after hitting.

Previously, batters and runners had to run 3 feet (approximately 91 cm) outside (to the right) of the foul line.

The pitch clock, which was introduced to MLB this year to shorten game time, will be further strengthened next year.

This year, pitchers had to pitch within 20 seconds if there were runners on base, but next year the time will be shortened to 18 seconds. The 15 seconds given does not change when there are no runners. Pitchers are subject to one ball if they violate the pitch clock. ESPN explained, “In the 2023 season, pitchers pitched with an average of 7.3 seconds left on the 20-second timer (when there were runners).”

Mound visits by catchers and coaches will be reduced from 5 to 4 per game. ESPN pointed out, “According to league data, the number of team visits to the mound in the 2023 season averaged 2.3 times per game.”

Additionally, unless injured, a pitcher who warms up on the mound before the inning begins must be replaced after facing at least one batter.

The new regulations will be introduced from spring training next year. The changed regulations apply not only to the regular season but also to the postseason. 토토사이트