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.
- Playing Rules Committee:
- Sandy Alderson, Chair
- Brian Gorman
- John Schuerholz
- Bob Beban
- John McHale, Jr.
- Jimmie Lee Solomon
- Rod Carew
- Terry Ryan
- Bill Stoneman
- Amateur baseball advisory member:
- Mike Gaski