Joe Torre

New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a game under baseball's new pace of play rules.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and executive Joe Torre explained some of the parameters Tuesday, one day after MLB imposed stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed up games.

"I don't see pace of games issues as harsh or not harsh," Manfred said during his annual visit to the Cactus League. "I see them as a fan friendly issue."

Torre noted that umpires will keep players from proceeding to see the pitcher if six mound visits have already occurred.

"From our perspective it's important to...

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