MLB and the Players Association finally agreed to end the lockdown on Thursday.
After removing the giant roadblock that represented the international draft (they postponed that discussion by setting a July 25 deadline to decide), the two sides reached an agreement to play baseball.
One of the things both sides already agreed on was to have bigger bases in place by 2023.
The 2022 campaign will be played with the regular 15-inch square bases, but for next year they will be 18-inches square.
Several jokes have popped up on Twitter about base size, but the one posted by former All-Star Bret Boone (brother of current New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone) is perhaps the funniest.
These new MLB bases look great😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/RthoKXRbDe
—Bret Boone (@theboone29) March 9, 2022
“These new MLB bases look great”
Imagine seeing flight man Rickey Henderson holding his iconic base, but MUCH, MUCH bigger.
“These new MLB bases look great,” Boone said, with laughing emojis.
It was truly a hilarious moment on Twitter, one of many during MLB’s lockdown.
MLB wants to minimize the chances of a base runner or defensive player being injured during typical runs to first base, where the defensive player has their foot on base waiting for the ball and the runner applies full speed to bat to throw it.
The league also wants to prevent runners from being tagged on stolen base attempts when they run so fast that they go through the base in the slide: a taller base can help them have more surface area to touch.
All in all, this seems like a positive change from MLB, and few people have complained.