Major League Baseball continues to implement new rules to increase the pace-of-play, so the game can move at a more steady pace. While the pitch clock and batter having to keep one foot in the batter's box have aided in speeding the game up, the MLB has now issued a mandate limiting the amount of mound visits for each team.
Mound visits will be capped at six per game. The definition of a mound visit was specified by the MLB in an official announcement.
"A manager or coach trip to the mound to meet with the pitcher shall constitute a visit," the statement read. "A player leaving his position to confer with the pitching, inlcuding a pitcher leaving the mound to confer with another player, shall also constitute a mound visit, regardless of where the visit occurs or the length of the visit..."
So, catchers running up to converse with the pitcher will count as a mound visit. That is why Mets manager Mickey Callaway will make it a priority for his pitchers and catchers to always have good communication.
He also thinks it could work as an advantage against their opponents as well.
"I think that's ok," Callaway said after practice Monday. "I think, obviously, to gain an edge in any part of the game you have to prepare and if we can prepare our catchers and pitchers and their communication better than other teams maybe we won't get confused like other teams. So we can get an edge because of that rule."
There are exceptions to the rule as umpires are allowed to let the catcher run to the mound to discuss signs if there appears to be a mix-up in them.
As for other new rules, video replay review will be installing the capability for managers to "receive direct slow-motion camera angles" to add in whether or not to call challenges.