League backs off on some of the new rules

York manager Mark Mason said the Atlantic League has relaxed some new rules penned this offseason to speed up the game.

The league hopes to keep the 12-second maximum time between pitches. League officials also still want umpires to encourage hitters to step into the box. But the league will not enforce the limitations on mound visits — for now.

A league official said one of the reasons to back off the mound visit limits — at least early in the year — was a fear of injury early in the season if a visit causes an unexpected pitching change.

“The mound visits kind of got pushed to the side for now,” Mason said.

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