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MLB, Atlantic League Announce Additional Rule Changes for Second Half

At the beginning of the season, Indy Ball Island reported about the partnership between the MLB and the Atlantic League. This partnership included experimental rules that the MLB wanted to try, but didn’t want to implement in their own minor league system.

Now, they have announced additional rule changes for the second half of the season, starting tomorrow (July 12th).

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Four new initiatives to debut in Atlantic League games beginning Friday, July 12
(Lancaster, Pa., July 11, 2019) – Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced today four additional experimental playing rules that will be in place during the second half of the 2019 Atlantic League Championship Season. The list of changes is as follows:

  • Pitcher is required to step off the rubber in order to attempt a pickoff
  • One (1) foul bunt is permitted with two strikes before a strikeout is called
  • Batters may “steal” first base on any pitch not caught in flight (the batter can be thrown out if he attempts to run)
  • “Check swing” rule made more batter-friendly

These new experimental playing rules will be used along with the current rules and equipment changes that were put in place at the start of the 2019 season. These include:

  • Home plate umpire assisted by radar tracking system and an MLB-defined strike zone
  • No mound visits permitted by players or coaches other than pitching changes and medical visits
  • Pitchers must face a minimum of three batters or reach the end of an inning before they can exit the game, unless the pitcher becomes injured
  • Increase size of bases from 15 inches square to 18 inches square
  • Time between innings and pitching changes reduced from 2:05 to 1:45

MLB will analyze the effects of these changes before deciding on potential additional modifications for the 2020 ALPB Championship Season.

The experimental playing rule and equipment changes are part of a new three-year agreement between MLB and ALPB. The agreement covers the transfer of players from ALPB to MLB and enhances MLB’s scouting coverage of ALPB games. MLB will continue to provide statistical and radar tracking data from ALPB games to MLB Clubs.

“We have seen a tremendous amount of interest in these initiatives from our players, coaches and fans throughout the first half of the season,” said Rick White, ALPB President. “We look forward to working further with Major League Baseball and observing these additional rule changes in action throughout the remainder of the year.”

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) 

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Atlantic League All-Star Rosters Announced

Earlier this week, Indy Ball Island posted an article about the Atlantic League debuting electronic balls and strikes during the upcoming All-Star game.

Now the league has announced the players who will be playing in that game next week.

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League unveils Freedom and Liberty Division rosters for July 10 All-Star Game in York, Pa.
(York, Pa., July 5, 2019) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the rosters for the 2019 Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be held next Wednesday at PeoplesBank Park, home of the York Revolution. The 22nd annual ALPB Mid-Summer Classic will feature Freedom and Liberty Division players selected by fans and team officials in a matchup beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“Our fans again stepped up and championed their favorite players to create two great rosters,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “We want to thank the thousands of fans who voted and the team officials who helped us shape another terrific All-Star Game, and we congratulate the players selected. It’s going to be a great event.”

The Liberty Division roster (see below) will feature 25 players – eight Somerset Patriots, seven High Point Rockers, six Long Island Ducks, and four New Britain Bees – led by 18-year Atlantic League veteran player and coach Enohel Polanco, bench and third base coach of the hosting York Revolution. The Liberty Division will be the “visiting” team for the All-Star Game.

The Freedom Division team will consist of 23 players – eight Revs, six Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, five Lancaster Barnstormers, and four Sugar Land Skeeters – and be managed by Revolution skipper Mark Mason, the 31-year veteran coach/manager and the winningest manager in Revolution history. Mason’s Freedom Division team will serve as the “home” team for Wednesday’s game. Two Freedom Division players – outfielder J.P. Sportman of York and pitcher Bryan Harper of Lancaster – were also selected but unable to attend due to injuries.

The 2019 All-Star Game will begin on the Brooks Robinson Plaza at 4 p.m. with the free family entertainment in the Judgement Free Fun Zone presented by Planet Fitness. The All-Star Home Run Derby will kick off at 5:45 p.m., the All-Star Game’s first pitch will be at 7:30 p.m., and the fan-favorite ZOOperstars! will perform between innings. After the game, AAA Southern Pennsylvania will present the largest fireworks display in ballpark history.

New to this year’s All-Star Game, fans of all eight teams may bid on the All-Star Game jerseys of their favorite players from the comfort of their smartphones. Proceeds of the auction will benefit CommunityAid, a non-profit organization that operates thrift stores throughout Central Pennsylvania and raises funds for distribution to local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, and nonprofit charitable organizations. The auction is now open and will close at 9 p.m. on July 10. Fans who wish to bid should find the Live Source app in their Google Play or Apple stores.

Tickets and details are available at www.allstargameyork.com.

Here are the complete rosters of this year’s Atlantic League All-Star teams:

Freedom Division

Pitchers
Mitch Atkins                              York Revolution
Cody Eppley                             Lancaster Barnstomers
Mat Latos                                 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Jameson McGrane                    York Revolution
Kevin Munson                           Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Carlos Pimentel                         Sugar Land Skeeters
Craig Stem                               Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Daryl Thompson                        Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Matt West                                 Sugar Land Skeeters

Catchers
Anderson De La Rosa               Lancaster Barnstormers
James Skelton                          York Revolution

Infielders
Ryan Dent                                York Revolution
Dan Gamache                           Lancaster Barnstormers
Telvin Nash                               York Revolution
Juan Silverio                             Sugar Land Skeeters

Outfielders
Henry Castillo                           York Revolution
Welington Dotel                         York Revolution
Caleb Gindl                               Lancaster Barnstormers
Jared Mitchell                            Sugar Land Skeeters
Isaias Tejeda                            York Revolution
Cory Vaughn                             Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Designated Hitter
Joe Terdoslavich                       Lancaster Barnstormers

Utility Player
Charlie Valerio                          Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Liberty Division

Pitchers
Mike Antonini                            Somerset Patriots
Devin Burke                              New Britain Bees
Brian Clark                                High Point Rockers
Jim Fuller                                  New Britain Bees
Joe Iorio                                   Long Island Ducks
David Kubiak                             Somerset Patriots
James Pugliese                         Somerset Patriots
Rob Rogers                              Long Island Ducks
Sam Runion                              High Point Rockers
Ashur Tolliver                            High Point Rockers
Joe Van Meter                          High Point Rockers

Catchers
Logan Moore                            New Britain Bees
Mike Ohlman                            Somerset Patriots

Infielders
Will Kengor                               Somerset Patriots
Tyler Ladendorf                         High Point Rockers
L.J. Mazzilli                               Long Island Ducks
Alfredo Rodriguez                     Somerset Patriots
David Washington                     Long Island Ducks

Outfielders
Breland Almadova                     High Point Rockers
Stephen Cardullo                      High Point Rockers
Ramon Flores                           Somerset Patriots
Kirk Nieuwenhuis                      Long Island Ducks
Justin Pacchioli                         Somerset Patriots

Designated Hitter
Jonathan Galvez                       New Britain Bees

Utility Player
Deibinson Romero                     Long Island Ducks

About the York Revolution

The York Revolution Professional Baseball Club is a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Revolution were Atlantic League Champions in 2010, 2011, and 2017. The 2019 season is the team’s 13th. Located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way, PeoplesBank Park hosts all 70 home games, in addition to myriad events through the entire calendar year. For tickets or more information, please call 717-801-HITS (4487) or visit the Revolution online at www.YorkRevolution.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
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