Ortiz adheres to pace of play rules, strikes out in 1st AB
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Boston slugger David Ortiz kept both feet in the batter’s box for all three pitches while striking out in his first at-bat since baseball adopted new pace of play rules.
Ortiz fouled off the first pitch, took a strike and went down on a semi-swing against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels on Monday. The big Red Sox star quickly adjusted his batting gloves between pitches.
The new rule requires hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box in most instances. Ortiz has a deliberate approach at the plate and said he wasn’t changing his game during spring training. He even joked that he might run out of money paying fines.
Major League Baseball can dock him, starting May 1, up to $500 per offense.