Get out of the way

While it comes too late for Missouri Valley Conference fans (and Wichita State pitchers) who tired of Creighton’s willingness to take a pitch off the elbow guard, the NCAA is making it harder to use the HBP as an offensive weapon.

“Starting in 2015, a batter must make an attempt to avoid being hit by the ball. If the umpire rules the batter did not make an attempt to get out of the way, or that he leaned into the path of the ball of the ball or intentionally tried to be hit by the ball, a pitch inside the strike zone that touches the batter will be called a strike.”

The NCAA is also changing how umpires can handle close calls on catches in the outfield and other items for the 2015 season.