Mar 31, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) throws to first base to complete a double play after forcing out Chicago Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz (19) at third base in the fifth of an opening day baseball game at PNC Park. The Pirates won 1-0 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MLB makes change to controversial 'Transfer Rule'

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.


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.

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