If you had asked me to bet the lives of my children on which big league hitter would be the first one to complain about the new rule requiring that a batter keep his foot in the box after each pitch, I would have said “David Ortiz.”
Mookie and Carlo, you live to see another day:
David Ortiz on having to keep one foot in the batter’s box: “I call that bullshit.”
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 25, 2015
That comment came in a presser that just happened down in Fort Myers. They were followed up by Ortiz saying that he uses the time after each pitch to contemplate the next pitch.
Which, sure. But that’s a habit, not a necessity, as batters didn’t start doing that after each pitch until relatively recently. I assume that, unless he enjoys paying out $500 fines on the regular, Ortiz will change his habits in this regard.