If this becomes a thing, Baseball will never be the same ever again.
Major League Baseball partnered with the independent Atlantic League this season to test out various new experimental rules that include banning the shift, using robot umpires, and moving the mound back.
They are also testing out the ability for batters to steal first base on any pitch the catcher doesn’t catch. It’s basically an expansion of the dropped third strike rule which allows batters to reach first when a called third strike is dropped behind the plate.
Over the weekend, Tony Thomas of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs made Baseball history when he became the first player ever to steal first base in such a manner.
As you can see, the catcher of the Lancaster Barnstormers had the ball get by him, but he reacted in a way any catcher would, but then realized the rule change that allows the batter to take first base. It was way too late by the time he got to the ball.
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