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. 

RELATED: Pace of play is much more important than length of game 

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. 

READ MORE: 5 ways to make baseball even better


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Report: Ole Miss DB Deontay Anderson seeks transfer release after claim he was misled on NCAA investigation
Report: Ole Miss DB Deontay Anderson seeks transfer release after claim he was misled on NCAA investigation

Ole Miss DB Deontay Anderson reportedly no longer wants to be a part of the Ole Miss program. Per a report from USA Today’s Dan Wolken, the talented safety is seeking an immediate and  full transfer release from the program on the grounds of allegedly being misled about the NCAA investigation into the Rebels football...
Ohio State recruiting: Florida prospect visits to gauge November weather, thoughts on official visitors
Ohio State recruiting: Florida prospect visits to gauge November weather, thoughts on official visitors

Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next. If you’re looking for ways to truly gauge a player’s interest in a college...
Ohio State recruiting: Florida prospect visits to gauge November weather, thoughts on official visitors
Ohio State recruiting: Florida prospect visits to gauge November weather, thoughts on official visitors

Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next. If you’re looking for ways to truly gauge a player’s interest in a college...
Florida AD Scott Stricklin, President Kent Fuchs and others return from visit to N.H.: Won’t confirm meeting with Chip Kelly
Florida AD Scott Stricklin, President Kent Fuchs and others return from visit to N.H.: Won’t confirm meeting with Chip Kelly

OCALA, Fla. — As social media buzzed about a chartered plane booked for a return flight from Portsmouth, N.H., to Ocala on Sunday night, about 10 Florida football fans lined up outside of small airstrip to see if Chip Kelly was indeed on the plane. Kelly, the former Oregon and NFL head coach rumored and reported to be the Gators&rsquo...
Hot Seat Rankings: Jim Mora’s gone, Bret Bielema’s close … is Mike Riley next?
Hot Seat Rankings: Jim Mora’s gone, Bret Bielema’s close … is Mike Riley next?

UCLA fired Jim Mora on Sunday, the latest big-time program to cut loose its coach. But it looks to be a virtual certainty that the Bruins won’t be the last ones doing it. The post Hot Seat Rankings: Jim Mora’s gone, Bret Bielema’s close … is Mike Riley next? appeared first on Land of 10...
More Stories