Official Rules: Foreword
This code of rules governs the playing of baseball games by professional teams of Major League Baseball and the leagues that are members of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.
We recognize that many amateur and non-professional organizations play their games under professional rules and we are happy to make our rules available as widely as possible. It is well to remember that specifications as
to fields, equipment, etc., may be modified to meet the needs of each group.
Money fines, long-term suspensions and similar penalties imposed by this code are not practicable for amateur groups, but officers and umpires of such organizations should insist on strict observance of all the rules governing the
playing of the game.
Baseball not only has maintained its position as the National Game of the United States, but also has become an International Game being played in more than 100 countries. The popularity of the game will grow only so long
as its players, managers, coaches, umpires and administrative officers respect the discipline of its code of rules.
- Official Playing Rules Committee:
- Sandy Alderson, Chair
- Chris Antonetti
- Sam Bernabe
- Jerry Dipoto
- Brian Gorman
- John Mozeliak
- Terry Ryan
- John Schuerholz
- Joe Torre
- Amateur baseball advisory member:
- Mike Gaski