If baseball is America’s pastime, complaining about how baseball needs to be fixed has become the dominant mode of engaging with it. The game, crow the naysayers, is boring, exsanguinated by the cruel tyranny of three-true-outcomes style baseball. And this is certainly not wrong—in 1990, just about a quarter of all plate appearances ended in a strikeout, walk or home run; this year, over a third of plate appearances do. In other words, the games are longer and less is happening. The solution? MLB rule changes!
Today, baseball's 11 person competition committee approved the most sweeping set of MLB rule changes in over 50 year in an attempt to goose-up some action—namely, base hits and stolen bases. Before these new rules are implemented before next season, here's everything you need to know about the game's upcoming facelift.