Whoa: The New Rule Experiment is Stealing First Base

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Whoa: The New Rule Experiment is Stealing First Base

Chicago Cubs

Robo umps are going to get the most attention, obviously, but MLB’s rule experimentation in the independent Atlantic League has one much wilder component: stealing first base.

It’s almost been a joke of an idea historically in baseball – what if you could steal first base lolololol!!1!!! – but the Atlantic League is actually going to start trying it in the second half of the season:

When you talk about rules changes that fundamentally alter the game as you know it, this one is up there with any other I’ve heard. It’s so wild as an actual idea that I don’t think I have a position just yet.

It would certainly create some crazy and interesting situations. You might have super speed guys – Billy Hamilton – getting a little more value, and also getting pitched a little more in the zone. You might have sluggers unwilling to run, even in two strike counts, when a ball gets away because they want their hacks. And you would definitely have some shenanigans when the batter decides to run, but a runner at first base was not expecting it.

And then you would have Javy Baez deciding, improbably, to just steal first base as a regular pitch is being thrown, and somehow still make it.

What do you think? Too fun not to do? Too crazy to do? Want to wait to see how it plays out in the Atlantic League?

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.