ESPN’s Olney States Transfer Rule to Possibly be Settled by May
Earlier this morning, Buster Olney from ESPN declared the transfer rule as the No. 1 crisis in Major League Baseball. Any avid ball fan can certainly agree. More important, Olney stated that officials are working to resolve this issue “perhaps by the end of the month.”
Just three weeks into the season, this discrepancy has already caused several issues and unhappy fans. “No catch” calls on plays previously considered an out are requiring officials to clarify rules.
With the new transfer policy, a player must transfer the ball to his throwing hand cleanly before it can be considered an out. The rulebook simply states that a player must maintain a “secure possession” of the ball in his hand or glove.
MLB officials and sources from the players union agree that plays are being called incorrectly, according to Fox Sports. And more recently, Yankees’ third baseman Mark Teixeira, called the rule “silly” in an interview with NJ.com.
Agreeing this issue tops the charts for MLB, another certainty remains: player, fan, or journalist alike, we all hope Olney’s sources are accurate stating that MLB will have this issue resolved by May.