Posted by: gravessack | February 6, 2018

MLB’s Pitch Clock Would Be Catastrophic

Commissioner Rob Manfred took over the reigns prior to the 2015 campaign, and doing so, one of his initiatives was to speed up the game. He has greatly succeeded. There is now a 2-minute in-between innings clock and managers must decide within 30 seconds whether to challenge a play. Yet, in an attempt to further speed up the game, Manfred desperately wants to make such a drastic change that baseball might as well be a timed game!

Last year, Manfred suggested that he wants to implement a pitch clock, and have pitchers hurry up on the mound. Teams would have 18 seconds to pitch the ball once the catcher throws it back.A minor league baseball game in which a pitch clock is being used The reason is MLB wants to keep the fan interest and think speeding up the game would be the solution. MLB has been trying a pitch clock in the minor leagues and apparently it is working. However, this change is garnering push back from the players.

There are a lot of moving parts to the latest MLB pace-of-play proposal. MLB is being a bit pushy about the length of game. They are trying to do anything they can to have quicker games that averaged 3 hours and 5 minutes last year. I, along with many of the players, am not for this potentially dangerous change. We would see more wild pitches, hit batters, and arm injuries if pitchers need to pitch faster. On the other end, batters would not be properly prepared for their at-bats. Since pitches would be constantly coming, umpires would not be ready and catchers could be unprepared.

The sport of baseball is the only one with no end game as far as time goes. Fans for generations enjoyed going to ballparks as they relax to watch nine men try to get 27 outs and score runs. Our national pastime is simple – A pitcher pitches, a batter bats, a fielder fields, and an umpire umps without worrying about beating a clock. Baseball was invented with no clock for a reason. The faster they play, the more likely something bad will happen and the skill level will deteriorate.

Manfred, who wants the system implemented in 2019 under MLB’s new plan, should reconsider the pitch clock idea. This plan should never take effect and it would not be good for the game. Manfred has to realize that having a timer would be bad for baseball. If he really wants to speed up the game, a new solution must be rendered. A clock that speeds up pitchers would have a negative impact on fans, as they want to see good ball being played and that won’t occur with pitchers speeding up. This concept would be a monumental mistake on all levels!

For the love of this great game, Manfred, please just scrap your plan! Keep baseball the way it is – it is fine!

Written by: Michael L. Sack

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Responses

  1. Catastrophic is a bit extreme. They are looking to speed up the dead time between plays. There is no clock being put on the game, that is the difference. Baseball will never be a timed game. Listen, I don’t agree with the commissioner’s obsession with reducing game times and speeding up pace of play. If they were serious about this then they would cut down on the commercial and we all know that isn’t going to happen – $$$$$$$$. I tend to agree with you that baseball is doing just fine and we need to allow baseball to be baseball. Do we really think that cutting down games by 5-10 minutes will bring youngsters into the fold who have grown up glued to a cell phone watching 30 second clips on Youtube? The fans of baseball will always be there and the game is healthy right now. There are other pressing needs other than trying to rush between pitches. MLB should focus on marketing their stars better, making the game more accessible on mobile devices, and making the playoffs more family friendly as far as game times. It’s kind of difficult to have a youngster up past midnight watching a World Series game.


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