New Rules To Limit Position Players From Pitching in 2023

We all get a good laugh out of seeing a position player pitch in a blowout game. Everyone seems to be having fun. But it can actually be an unsafe practice on occasion, and players have hurt their arms. Plus, it can get to the point where it makes a mockery of the game. 

MLB has instituted new rules this season that will significantly curtail the number of times we'll see a position player take the mound in 2023.

Per Jesse Rogers of ESPN, the new rules state that position players can only pitch when one of the following conditions exist:

  • The leading team is up by 10+ runs in the 9th inning
  • The trailing team is down by 8+ runs, at anytime in the game
  • The game goes into extra innings
The new rules were implemented as the situation has gotten out of hand in recent seasons. As Rogers reports, in 2017, there were 32 instances of position players pitching; that number soared to 132 times last season.

Unfortunately, it all means we'll likely be seeing less and less of these hilarious (some would say farcical) scenes going forward: 

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