Last edited by grandsalami; 05-02-2014 at 01:24 AM.
steal of the draft cleanthony early
Other then enforcing the batters not stepping out of the batters box and pitchers not taking forever to throw a pitch, there is nothing else i can think of
It's true. I love baseball, but **** they take so damn long. I don't know how they can shorten the time considering its like the only sport that doesn't run on a clock, but they are definitely losing tons of fans because of the long-*** games
It took the Twins/Dodgers 4 hours to get through 9 innings of 2 to 2 baseball.
I would limit the hitters to stepping out of the box a max of 2 times per AB. Any subsequent step outs result in a strike. Batters would be allowed 2 time outs per at bat. I thought a couple years back they had to keep a foot in the box but it seems like that has gone away.
As I'm typing this, Pierzynski has stepped out after each pitch of the first 5 pitches of his AB.
I know there's supposed to be a max time between pitches but I don't remember what it is and it's a rule that's never enforced. I would change the rule to a balk instead of a ball when the bases are occupied because the delay is generally the pitcher checking on the runners in that case.
That is interesting but the pace of the game doesn't bother me.
I used to love watching baseball. Now, im much more casual.
The pace of play is a big reason why. It shouldnt take so long to finish a baseball game. The one aspect of the game that needs to be addressed are the pitching changes. It makes no sense at all to go to a commercial break after a pitching change.
The pitcher is already warming up in the bullpen, he shouldnt take extra time to warm up on the mound and delay the game even more (only exception is when a pitcher gets injured).
Lets say Kuroda is pitching for the Yankees and its the 6th or 7th inning, Girardi subs him out after letting a runner on base with 0 outs and brings in a right handed pitcher to replace him. Thats 1 commercial break. Same inning, lets say David Ortiz is now batting, Girardi will bring in the left handed specialist out of the bullpen. 2nd commercial break. Ortiz gets a basehit, Girardi subs him out and brings in someone else. Thats 3 commercial breaks in 1 inning. And this happens constantly. Managers trying to mix and match (as they should). But the break between pitching changes absolutely kills the flow and timing of the game.
That alone will help the pace of play in baseball. The pitcher in the bullpen is already warmed up, no need for him to get extra time to pitch on the mound.
Relievers are even slower, Joel Peralta is taking 34.5 seconds between pitches this year. You have to ease pitchers into a rule like that, where only the worst offenders are immediately affected. Then you continue to move the time down over the years until you find the best balance
I think with pitchers, they should have a clock, like they do with football, and force them to make the pitch in that allotted time, or it's a ball or a balk (depending if runners are on or not, like you suggested).
I also think there's things they need to improve with the challenges. Umpires are still getting plays wrong anyway and they take too much time.
Also pitcher changes. They should be fully warmed up in the bullpen and shouldn't need more than a couple pitches on the mound, instead of an entire commercial break.