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Monday, March 06, 2023

Inside the Plan to Fix Baseball

Naturally, with a change this big, alarms go off inside many baseball fans. Plenty of people think there will be chaos, particularly at the beginning, with players and perhaps even umpires angrily rebelling against the clock and the automatic ball/strike calls. Some have predicted that the protests will be so insistent, the pitch clock may even be abandoned.

MLB maintains there’s no chance of that. They’re pushing in all their chips on this one. “It’s so difficult going with change,” Manfred says. “If you’re going to do it, you cannot have the change not achieve results.”

Anyway, while baseball executives do expect there to be a learning curve, they think that in time everybody will love the new pace. That was the minor-league experience. In week two of the pitch timer, games averaged 1.73 violations, which is way too many. By week five, though, that number had been cut in half. And by week twenty-one, there were fewer than 0.5 violations per game, similar to the number of delay-of-game penalties in the NFL.

“Players will adjust,” says Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto. “We’re athletes. We’re made to adapt. We will adapt. I actually don’t think it will take very long.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2023 at 10:30 AM | 38 comment(s)
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