The new MLB rule changes for the 2023 season are here. Enjoy them. You have no choice! The ghost runner is permanent. There will be bigger bases. There are defense shift limitations. Pitchers will be on a timer.
It's a big year of change for the Dodgers, who will welcome a number of new players (both young and old) after watching portions of the most recent era of dominant LA baseball depart over the last couple offseasons. On top of that, they'll be faced with adapting to the ever-evolving game.
If the Dodgers have proven one thing over the last decade, though, it's that they're resilient and resourceful. Even if some players have a tough time with the new rules, it won't be long before they figure it out.
As for those who could benefit right off the bat, those guys will help the Dodgers avoid a lengthy adjustment period.
Ranking Dodgers players who will benefit from 2023 MLB rule changes
Let's start off with a joke, because this is all about having fun anyway. Dodgers fans might not remember, but in September of last year, JD Martinez cost the Red Sox in a big way with a baserunning gaffe.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out, Martinez hit a slow roller to shortstop. Isiah Kiner-Falefa came in, fielded it cleanly, threw it to Gleyber Torres at second base to get the first out, and then Torres fired it over to first, but the throw wasn't in time. Martinez was ruled safe and the Red Sox inched closer with the score now 4-3.
But wait a minute! The Yankees reviewed the play and it was revealed Martinez completely missed the bag when running down the first base line.
Woof. But that won't happen with the bigger bags, baby! And for Martinez, who's slowing down big time (and was already slow to begin with), every inch counts. Next time, that big toe will catch the base and the inning will continue.