MLB and the Atlantic League have partnered for new rules for the 2019 Season
This season, the MLB and the Atlantic League have partnered to create new rules at all Sugar Land Skeeters home games. The rules are designed to create more balls in play, defensive action, baserunning, and improve player safety. Listed below are the new rules you will see in place at Constellation Field.
No mound visits
Mound visits are not permitted by players or coaches other than for pitching changes or medical issues.
Two stationary infielders
Two infielders are required to be on each side of second base when a pitch is released (if not, the ball is dead and the umpire shall call a ball).
Pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, or reach the end of an inning before they exit the game, unless the pitcher becomes injured.
Base size increased
First, Second and Third base have been enlarged from 15 inches square to 18 inches square.
Time reduced by 20 seconds
Time between innings and pitching changes reduced from 2:05 to 1:45.
TrackMan radar tracking system will be installed. Not only will it assist the umpire in calling balls and strikes, but it will also provide real-time statistical and radar tracking data from Atlantic League games to MLB clubs.