One of the major gripes a lot of baseball fans have with the new system of governing plays is that some of the rules just make no sense This is a sport that clings to old traditions like no other sport on earth but the rules that have been updated have made the game more complicated than it already is.
The most controversial rule so far this year has been the transfer rule that involves the transferring of a baseball from the glove of a player to his hand. For those who are wondering what all the fuss is about, the rule used to be that when a player is tagging a base on a force out and then transferring the ball to his other hand to complete a double-play, should the ball fall out of his hands the runner forced out would still be called out.
The new transfer rule basically used replay to slow it down to the very millisecond when the ball is transferred to see if the player lost control before or after the force out.
Since that’s a really stupid and overly complicated way to address a common sense call, baseball has buckled and changed the rule back to what it used to be.
Beginning w/ games tonight, umpires will enforce the “transfer rule” according to these standards: pic.twitter.com/VuxeYYDtwR
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) April 25, 2014
There’s not much to get excited about when it comes to baseball in April, but this rule change is the closest thing as everyone scored a big win today.