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It's also unnecessary: a gentle reminder from the umpire from time to time and the threat of the penalty already on the books, if enforced, would solve the problem very neatly and unobtrusively.
Actually enforcing the pitch clock with runners on would definitely motivate to pitchers to throw over and over to first base. It's just like how batters step out all the time just as the pitcher gets set. The pitcher will see the clock down to 1, won't feel ready to throw a pitch and will step off and/or throw to first to reset the clock.
I think the last few decades have shown that such an informal system simply cannot work in practical terms. The umpires simply won't do it.
After all, they did limit the number of times that a pitcher can throw home without getting something accomplished. What kind of sense would it make to say that if you can't get the batter out within four throws you have to concede, but if you want to make 35 pointless throws to first base, I guess that's OK.
Which is why I advocate no stopping of the clock unless the batter asks for, and is granted, time by the umpire. Perhaps an additional exception for manager visits to the mound.
2. Each pitcher entering the game must face a minimum of TWO batters, unless the inning ends before he can face the second batter. This should cut down on OOGY changes by a lot.
1. From the moment the manager signals for a pitching change, the new pitcher has 2 minutes to take his warmup throws. The faster he gets to the mound the more warmups he gets. If he spends the whole 2 minutes jogging to the infield from the bullpen, he gets no warmups. Running at a 10-minute mile pace gets you 264 feet in 30 seconds.
2. Each pitcher entering the game must face a minimum of TWO batters, unless the inning ends before he can face the second batter. This should cut down on OOGY changes by a lot
It hasn't shown that because the umpires have very simply not been enforcing the rulebook. Why would it be impossible to do so? They just need to start actually trying.
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