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Speeding up the Game


This is something I hear about all the time on ESPN and other sports outlets. Supposedly, Selig has one of his commissions out there looking at it.

The SEC is now putting a 20-second pitch clock on the field and activating it when no one is on base. Take too much time and it's a ball. If the batter steps out in the last five seconds, it's a strike.

Also, the teams will have 1 minute, 48 seconds between innings. If the pitchers and/or fielders aren't ready after that time, it's a ball. If the hitter isn't ready, it's a strike. (No idea how they came to 1:48, but there you go)

Look, we can wax poetic about how baseball is the game without a clock and all that garbage, but the fact of the matter is, the pace is too slow. And it is a flat-out embarrassment to all that is good and pure in humanity that playoff baseball games end after 1 a.m.

At some point, you can't control things. You can't limit the number of times a hitter can foul off pitches. You can't limit the number of throws to first. And it is true that an exciting 12-11 game is going to take longer than a dull 5-1 game, so length isn't always a barometer of excitement.

It's more about pace than length. What can be done to speed up the pace?

If you think it's fine as it is, move on. The back button is right up there on the upper left corner.

* Put the 20-second clock on the scoreboard and enforce it.

* No more pitching coach visits. You get one visit and that's to get him out of the game. What the hell do they talk about anyway? "Throw strikes?" "OK!" Figure it out, boys. You're professionals.

* Catchers get one mound visit per inning. That visit will last no more than 45 seconds.

* As the manager is leaving the dugout to get the pitcher, the relief pitcher leaves the bullpen. No more waiting. If the starting pitcher can't handle seeing the reliever, then he should retire, hide in shame and never again feel the touch of a good woman.

* You step out of the box unless it's an injury, then it's a strike.

What else you got?

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