Our umpires have received notification that we will be enforcing these new OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULES regarding visits
5.10 (m) Limitation on the Number of Mound Visits Per Game
The following rule shall apply in Major League games. National Association Leagues may adopt a rule providing for a different limitation on the number of mound visits permitted in a game or no limitation on the number of mound visits.
(1) Mound visits without a pitching change shall be limited to six per team, per nine innings. For any extra-innings
played, each team shall be entitled to one additional nonpitching change mound visit per inning.
(2) For purposes of this Rule 5.10(m), a manager or coach trip to the mound to meet with the pitcher shall constitute
a visit. A player leaving his position to confer with the pitcher, including a pitcher leaving the mound to confer
with another player, shall also constitute a visit, regardless of where the visit occurs or the length of the visit,
except that the following shall not constitute visits:
(A) Discussions between pitchers and position player(s) that occur between batters in the normal course of play and do not require either the position player(s) or the pitcher to relocate;
(B) Visits by position players to the mound to clean spikes in rainy conditions;
(C) Visits to the mound due to an injury or potential injury of the pitcher; and
(D) Visits to the mound after the announcement of an offensive substitution.
(3) Cross Up in Signs. In the event a team has exhausted its allotment of mound visits in a game (or extra inning) and
the home plate umpire determines that the catcher and pitcher did not have a shared understanding of the location or type of pitch that had been signaled by the catcher (otherwise referred to as a “cross up”), the home plate umpire may, upon request of the catcher, allow the catcher to make a brief mound visit. However, any mound visit resulting from a “cross up” prior to a team exhausting its allotted number of visits shall count against a team’s total number of allotted mound visits.