May 2, 2015

THERE'VE ALREADY BEEN A COUPLE TWO HOUR GAMES...:

Baseball's officially on the clock now as enforcement of pace-of-play rules begins in minors (ERIC OLSON, 5/02/15, AP)

Friday marked the start of the enforcement of the rules intended to speed up play after the average time of a major league nine-inning game stretched to a record 3 hours, 2 minutes last year.

Pitchers now have 2 minutes, 25 seconds to begin their windup or come to set between innings. They have 20 seconds to do so between pitches. Batters must be in the box and ready for the pitch when the clock strikes 5. [...]

The new rules seem to be helping. The average game length in the majors was just under 2 hours, 54 minutes through Wednesday, more than 8 minutes under the 2014 mark. Games are 11 minutes shorter in the Double-A Southern League and 10 minutes shorter in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

...and they're all much more watchable.

Posted by at May 2, 2015 6:44 AM
  

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