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5 Ways Rob Manfred Can Speed Up MLB

5 Ways Rob Manfred Can Speed Up MLB

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
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The MLB is known for its slow-moving games. Here are five ways newly-appointed MLB commissioner Rob Manfred can speed things up.

5. The “Pitch Clock”

Shot Clock
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5. The “Pitch Clock”

Shot Clock
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You guessed it. It functions just like the shot clock in basketball. The pitcher gets “x” amount of seconds after he receives the throw back from the catcher. If he violates the clock, tack a ball onto the pitch count, advance the runners (if on base)—just formulate some sort of penalty. Some guys tend to take a couple of centuries to deliver a pitch.

4. Pitching Changes

Oakland Athletics Pitching Change
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4. Pitching Changes

Oakland Athletics Pitching Change
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Teams get four a game. Choose wisely.

3. Mound Visits

San Diego Padres Mound Visit
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3. Mound Visits

San Diego Padres Mound Visit
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This rule would coincide with the previous one. With the exception to changing a pitcher, teams get three total mound visits in a game. I know it’s part of the game, but it’s also part of the problem. If the game is going to speed up, visits should be limited.

2. Balls and Strikes and Outs

Tampa Bay Rays Argue With Umpire
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2. Balls and Strikes and Outs

Tampa Bay Rays Argue With Umpire
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Three balls and two strikes is an out vs. two outs instead of three.

1. Instant Replay

Umpire Throwing Someone Out
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1. Instant Replay

Umpire Throwing Someone Out
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What happened to the good ole’ days, “what the ump says goes” mentality? As much as everyone loves watching some of those portly, old managerial fellows stumble and bumble on out of the dugouts to argue or challenge a call, probably walk faster or something. To oversimplify it, just figure out replay, please. Maybe have a coach just toss a red flag out of the dugout and go look at a monitor (within a reasonable amount of time, of course).