Astros’ Luis Garcia puts ‘rock the baby’ pitch to sleep after MLB’s latest rule change

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 28: Luis Garcia #77 of the Houston Astros pitches in the 10th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game One of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) (Carmen Mandato, 2022 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Houston Astros’ Luis Garcia’s signature pitch, called “rock the baby” is now deemed illegal, beginning this season.

The rule change, regarding pitch timing, was announced to the team by Major League Baseball last December, according to

Garcia’s signature windup is described as rocking his arms back and forth, then taking one step forward and one step back before pitching the ball to the batter.

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According to NBC Sports, citing the league, in an effort to increase the pace of play, there will be a 30-second clock implemented between batters. Between those pitches, a 15-second timer is turned on when the bases are empty, and a 20-second timer if runners are on base.

However, Garcia will still be able to step back and step forward before pitching the ball to stop the timer.

Astros pitching coach Josh Miller told that Garcia’s pitching season “may look a little different this Spring.”

“We just had to get a hold of (Garcia) and told him that it might not be allowed, so we need to practice something a little more traditional,” he said.


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