By John Leahy @johnjosephleahy on August 21, 2014
The MLB is known for its slow-moving games. Here are five ways newly-appointed MLB commissioner Rob Manfred can speed things up.
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.
Teams get four a game. Choose wisely.
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.
Three balls and two strikes is an out vs. two outs instead of three.
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).
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