Proposed Atlantic League mound distance change creates uncertainty for players and league
Garrett Granitz doesn’t buy into professional baseball’s velocity obsession. In fact, he occupies a niche created by it. Instead of trying to blow fastballs by batters like many professional pitchers nowadays, Granitz, a Lancaster Barnstormers reliever this season, relies mostly on deception created by strong offspeed pitches and his unorthodox, submarine-style delivery. So Granitz isn’t too worried about the idea of losing a few miles per hour off his fastball if the Atlantic League moves the pitching rubber back from 60.5 feet to 62.5 feet as part of an agreement with Major League Baseball. The logistic aspects of the idea, though, cause more uncertainty. A discussion of a rule change that no one is sure will ever be put into force.