Report: Pitch clocks coming to baseball, and that might not be all


Good news on the baseball pace-of-play front: Longtime baseball scribe Ken Rosenthal reports at The Athletic that players and MLB are working together to bring about changes soon. 

Manfred is convinced that a clock is part of the solution, along with reduced mound visits and tighter innings breaks, sources say. Baseball introduced the clock at Double A and Triple A in 2015, and many current major leaguers who competed at those levels found it to be largely nonintrusive, according to one union official. The stakes in major league games, though, are much higher, and players are “taught to slow the game down when the kitchen gets hot,” the official said.

This comes after some contentious exchanges earlier in the year in which MLB commissioner Rob Manfred threatened to impose changes regardless of the players’ acceptance. 

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With the great American Pasttime getting even slower this year, it’s nice to see the players could be coming to their senses and being open to things that can make the game more appealing to a wider audience without compromising what makes it great. 

They played the game for about 130 years without pitchers walking around the mound and the batter stepping out after every pitch. They can learn to do so again. 

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