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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Sources: MLB considers reducing pitch clock with runners on

Major League Baseball’s competition committee is weighing a proposal that would reduce the pitch clock with runners on base from 20 seconds to 18 next season, aiming to reverse a late-season trend that saw the average time of game increase by seven minutes, sources told ESPN.

MLB’s competition committee, which includes six members representing teams, four players and one umpire, heard the proposal to shave the clock as well as cut down mound visits from five per game to four, sources said

The 15-second clock without runners on base would remain the same, sources said.

The competition committee can implement a change to on-field rules with 45 days’ notice to players after a proposal. Players are currently discussing the proposal and expect to go back to the committee with suggestions on potential adjustments, sources said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2023 at 05:36 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: November 15, 2023 at 08:23 PM (#6147316)
Things did slow down a bit towards the end of the year
   2. Booey Posted: November 15, 2023 at 09:02 PM (#6147319)
Pleasantly surprised that the tweaks proposed to the pitch clock are to actually reduce it even more rather than to increase it. I had every expectation that they'd chicken out and give in to player complaints.
   3. Buck Coats Posted: November 15, 2023 at 11:12 PM (#6147333)
In the article about this in The Athletic, they say
The league expects the change would shave an average of roughly five minutes off games.
but then they also say
But the second reason is data that revealed pitchers rarely let the clock get close to zero with runners on base. With men on, pitchers delivered pitches with an average of 7.3 seconds remaining on the clock. So MLB believes it’s possible to tighten the pace even further without significant impact on how pitchers and hitters approach at-bats.

If pitchers rarely let it get that low, how can this possibly reduce games by 5 minutes?
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 15, 2023 at 11:12 PM (#6147334)
Stop tinkering.
   5. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: November 16, 2023 at 10:28 AM (#6147346)
The clock won't change--which I count as a win. Players are whining and moaning that they want the clock lengthened next year. This is MLB's way of telling them "nuh-uh, it's going to stay right where it is."

My feel is that only perhaps one-third of the savings in game time is from the clock itself. Some of it is from batters having to get back in the box quickly, and more of it is from the two disengagement limit. Shortening the clock by 2 seconds with runners on might shave another 2-3 minutes off an average game. More to the point, I don't think it would create a perceptible swiftening of the pace.
   6. Ithaca2323 Posted: November 16, 2023 at 02:56 PM (#6147375)
The league shaved 24 minutes off the length from 2022. They clearly eliminated a lot of dead time. Length of 2:39 for 9 innings was the same as it was in 1985.

How much further back does the league want to go? Is another 3-4 minutes going to have a discernible impact?

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