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    Red Sox launch study on pace of play in MLB at request of Selig

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    Pretty interesting

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalami View Post
    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
    certain amount of time in between innings might be something they look at. Removing the 7th inning stretch also can be looked at.

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    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

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    It took the Twins/Dodgers 4 hours to get through 9 innings of 2 to 2 baseball.
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    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.

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    That is interesting but the pace of the game doesn't bother me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalami View Post
    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
    There is a rule about that actually, pitchers are supposed to have about 7 seconds to pitch without runners on base, and 15 seconds with runners on. It's just not enforced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciaban View Post
    There is a rule about that actually, pitchers are supposed to have about 7 seconds to pitch without runners on base, and 15 seconds with runners on. It's just not enforced.
    Not even Mark Buehrle is that quick.

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    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.

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    Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Station 13 View Post
    Not even Mark Buehrle is that quick.
    You can train pitchers, and adjust the rule accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciaban View Post
    You can train pitchers, and adjust the rule accordingly.
    I don't understand their thinking on that rule. If you expect a rule like that to be enforced you can't make it so dramatically faster than even the fastest pitchers. Buhelre is the fastest starting pitcher so far this year an average of 16 seconds between pitches, next fastest is 18.6. Archer is the slowest at 26.4. Last year the fastest was Dickey at 17.9 and the slowest was Price at 25.8. http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.asp...rs=0&sort=11,a

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by ********** View Post
    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.
    I wouldn't even allow that. I would only allow them to call time out once, and anything past that is a strike. I understand stuff get's in their eye's and what not, but I feel like 99% of time outs from batters are to just tighten their gloves or knock dirt off their shoes. In other words, unnecessary timeouts to slow down the game.

    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.
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