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MLB Simply Won’t Give Up On Idea Of Pitch Clock

Major League Baseball wants to set up a 14-second pitch clock with no runners on base and 19 seconds with runners on, ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports. Games in low-A West last year saw a drastic difference in game time utilizing this system by reducing the average game time from 3:02 down to 2:41. A major difference, but do we need it?

MLB really wants this and feels shrinking game times will help orchestrate growth in youth viewership. This change would be implemented at the start of the 2023 campaign.

The union seems to want other changes like enlarging the bases to heighten player-safety, but the main issue here is the pitch clock. Does the pace of this game matter? A better question to ask is whether or not real fans of baseball ever cared how long they spent at the yard or in front their t.v’s?

As a life-long fan of big league baseball, I don’t remember fans of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry complaining the games took five hours? Matter fact, telling the story of extended game times felt like a thrill to share at work the next day. Today’s generation of “baseball fans” keep reminding us they have better places to be, which might explain why they’re liking the game far less than we ever did. Of course there’s a million alternatives to be entertained these days, so we have to keep that in mind as well when brainstorming the impacts these changes will have on new school fans.

It just appears to be too broad a conclusion to suggest shortening game times will compel kids to flip on Major League Baseball. Reminds me of when frequent movie-goers tell booker-readers “books are too long” and had they shortened Harry Potter by 100 pages, they’d read it — People complaining about the length of books just don’t like to read. Perhaps we shouldn’t change books or the game of baseball to accommodate people that don’t like these things? Why not just let the fans that built this game up enjoy an unchanged game?

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. I was watching the Bucky Dent game from “Yankees Classic” on the YES network. Goose Gossage was the relief pitcher that game and it was enjoyable to see how fast the game moved. He never left the mound and barely left the pitching rubber and the batter never left the box. I didn’t time it but I’ll bet they pitched three balls back then for every two they throw today.

  2. Those damn replays kill it for me. They just seem to take forever. Not just baseball, but all sports.
    You can have a pitch timer, but if you have a 3 minute replay for a tag at second what have you gained?

    • Completely agree. Replay should be used sparingly, and unless the mistake was so obvious that you can see it in 30 seconds, the call stands. Replay delays are a bad thing for those watching on TV, but for the fans who are actually in the ballpark, they completely kill the flow of the game and are just horrible.

  3. I love baseball. Played it on a club team at the college level and coached high school baseball for several years. The pitch clock has become necessary, as the pace of play is absolutely brutal. The time between pitches (and balls in play) is a huge detriment to the game. Let’s get things moving, and get that pitch clock implemented as soon as possible.

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