A pitch clock and other pace-of-play changes are going to be discussed this week

Get ready for these; they’re almost certainly coming.

I’ve written on this topic before and the reason you’re seeing it here again is that there’s going to be a meeting between MLB players and owners this week on the topic, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:

Officials from Major League Baseball and the Players Association expect to meet next week in New York to discuss new pace-of-play initiatives that would go into effect during the 2018 season, a source said Thursday.

Commissioner Rob Manfred made improved pace of play a priority even before the average game time increased to an average of 3 hours, 5 minutes in 2017.

The major changes under consideration are a pitch clock and a limitation on catcher mound visits.

A pitch clock has been in effect since 2015 in Double-A and Triple-A. According to this article written late in 2017, those clocks have had mixed results. There were decreases in some average game times, but some players claimed most pitchers were working within the 20-second limit anyway. From Crasnick’s article:

The clock currently being proposed by the commissioner’s office would allow for 20 seconds between offerings for big leaguers — or two seconds fewer than the average …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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