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You were expecting maybe Mike Mason?

In the interest of clarity, I interviewed ChatGPT about the pitch clock. I found its answer to be edifying, if a tad oversimplified. I don’t think there is an agreement to be found in this controversy.

Q: What do you think of the pitch clock in major league baseball?

A: As an AI language model, I do not have personal opinions or preferences. However, I can provide some information on the pitch clock in Major League Baseball (MLB).

The pitch clock is a rule implemented in MLB to speed up the pace of play and prevent games from becoming too long. The clock requires pitchers to deliver the ball within a certain amount of time, typically between 15 and 20 seconds, depending on the situation. If a pitcher fails to deliver the ball within the allotted time, a ball or a strike may be awarded, depending on the circumstances.

Advocates of the pitch clock argue that it helps to speed up the game and makes it more exciting for fans. They also believe that it can help to level the playing field for hitters who face slower pitchers who may use long pauses between pitches to disrupt their rhythm.

Opponents of the pitch clock argue that it disrupts the traditional rhythm of the game and can lead to rushed and sloppy pitches. They also believe that it puts undue pressure on pitchers and can lead to more injuries.

Ultimately, the effectiveness of the pitch clock in MLB is a matter of personal opinion. Some fans and players may enjoy the faster pace of play, while others may prefer a more traditional style of the game.

I really don’t like it, is my knee jerk reaction. But, as with the Manfred Man, I have no power to effect change. Time is not the same for me that it is for people with busier lifestyles, and I think that’s the nut of it. I don’t mind if the games take all day. I don’t have to keep regular hours. Your mileage may vary. But neither ‘side’ is right or wrong.

The players’ adjustments have yet to be made (someone said that Tuesday, and upon reflection, I agree). Let’s see how they manage to game the system. Then there will be more adjustments. Max Scherzer has already been heard from...

The Team Canada/Cubs contest was completely unavailable to YouTube TV subscribers. Nice job, corporate America. Corporate America hates baseball. I see that the game went well for our boys in blue, though, even if some of them were on the other team.

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Tweetstorm coming, better hide.


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