No pitch clock, shift limits for World Baseball Classic Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

NEW YORK. New Major League Baseball clocks, shift restrictions and larger bases will not be used during the World Baseball Classic.

The three innovations will be introduced during the Spring Exhibition Training Season starting on February 24th. The 20-team National Teams Tournament will run from March 8 to 21, with players returning to their clubs for more exhibition games with the new rules ahead of the reopening. day March 30th.

“They will adapt and learn from them, so for the real quality of baseball in the WBC, it’s probably better that they don’t dump it on us in important games,” St. Louis Cardinals first baseman. Paul Goldschmidt said Tuesday during an online availability. “If something happens in the elimination game that we weren’t prepared for, it could have negative consequences. We’re going to need a learning curve with them and we won’t get it for a few weeks, but we’ll work on that in spring training and at other times.”

This will be the fifth WBC draw after Japan in 2006 and 2009, the Dominican Republic in 2013 and the United States in 2017. The tournament scheduled for 2021 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Goldschmidt was 1 of 13 (.077) for the US in 2017 and Arenado went 5 of 31 (.161) with a three-way homer against Canada. Andrew Albers in the first round.

“I feel like the hype this time around is a bit higher than it was in 2017. There are more guys who want to do it,” Arenado said. “I know it’s not the World Cup, but I just watch the World Cup and it was great just to represent my country… I don’t know if it will work out there, but at least close.”

Arenado agreed with the decision not to apply the new rules at this year’s tournament.

“Perhaps at the next WBC, when everyone is already used to it, you will do it,” he said.

Pitch limits will be used again.

A pitcher can pitch 65 during a first-round game, 80 in a quarterfinal, and 95 in a championship, although the limit may be exceeded to complete a plate appearance. A pitcher cannot pitch in games for three consecutive days. There must be one day off after throwing 30 or more throws and two days off after throwing 50 or more throws.

Designated hitters with a minimum of three batters and video review will be used, but there will be no mound restriction.

Lists of 30 people were supposed to take place on Tuesday and will be announced on Thursday. Each team must include at least 14 pitchers and two catchers, including 10 pitchers eligible to pitch in consecutive rounds.

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson at the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The reigning AL Central champions will also receive a player to be named from the Reds in the trade.

Cincinnati selected Boyd in the second round last year from Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 interceptions in 2022.

The 6-foot-5 Benson played 28 games for the Guardian last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old wrestled the plate, landing 19 strikes in just 55 bats.

Once considered one of Cleveland’s top prospects, Benson has since been surpassed. Stephen Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez And Will Brennan.


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