The AA eliminates the rule allowing batters hit by
pitches to go to 1B, instead giving umpires the authority
to fine offending pitchers between $5 and $10.
Boston UA 1B James Ryan is said to have "a tremendous
reach and can catch equally well with his left or
right hand," an important skill to have in an era
in which many players do not wear gloves or wear thin
fingerless models on both hands.