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Pace Of Play Newsbeat

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The entire 2019 Kentucky Derby could have been run between these two MLB pitches

Since taking office on Jan. 25, 2015, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s top priority has been improving MLB’s pace of play.

Since then, we’ve seen numerous changes made that were geared toward speeding up the game. We’ve even heard talks of MLB adding a pitch clock to keep things moving.

If you’re wondering why Manfred might think a pitch clock is necessary, look no further than this incredible sequence during Friday’s Braves-Diamondbacks game in Arizona.

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke took his sweet time between pitches to the Braves’ Ozzie Albies during the seventh inning.

Even more alarming: it would have taken only a half-inning or so to replace the entire dispute over the Derby results….

 

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 03:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, pitching

Monday, April 01, 2019

Quit Trying to ‘Fix’ Baseball

It’s strange that the commissioner has focused his attention on pace-of-play, as if shortening the length of a baseball game by 15-20 minutes will suddenly result in younger fans streaming through the turnstiles. They talk as if baseball’s lack of popularity is because the game is broken, and if only it can be fixed, baseball can be saved. Perhaps more thought needs to be given to the idea that maybe baseball’s popularity problem isn’t a consequence of a broken game, but of a society whose ability to enjoy the leisure of baseball has atrophied.

Davo cant be eatin thirty hot dogs every day Posted: April 01, 2019 at 11:10 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, religion

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Opening day winners and losers: Robinson Cano, Chris Sale and pace-of-play

It’s one game out of 162. One day out of months of them. So how much can you really take away from opening day in Major League Baseball? It’s a valid question. But have you ever known sports not to be a world of overreaction?

So, sure, we’re assessing the winners and losers of opening day. And, yes, the premise is somewhat flawed. But we also know that every baseball fan approaches opening day with slightly more optimism than the other days. Even people in Baltimore.

The winners aren’t just the teams that score more runs — even though that is also technically true. Being an opening day “winner” is about making a statement on the biggest day of the year when all 30 teams play. It’s also about being on the opposite side of expectations. So, no, the Orioles aren’t necessarily “losers” for losing.

The good news? Tomorrow is a new day. And so is the day after that.

Some commentary concerning opening day- wonder how many of these points will still apply at the end of the season….

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, opening day, pace of play, robinson cano

Thursday, February 21, 2019

538: Foul Balls Are The Pace-Of-Play Problem Nobody’s Talking About

The number of foul balls has increased by 11.98 percent from 1998, when baseball expanded to 30 teams, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of Baseball-Reference.com data. There were almost 14,000 more foul balls last season than there were 20 seasons earlier. In 1998, 26.5 percent of all strikes were foul balls. That share increased to a record 27.9 percent of strikes in 2017 and 27.8 percent last season, the top rates since pitch-level data was first recorded in 1988.
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For the first time since pitch-level data has been recorded, there were more foul balls than balls put in play in 2017 — and that trend continued in 2018.

 

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 21, 2019 at 05:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: foul balls, pace of play

 

 

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