Change is inevitable, even in baseball, where traditionalism is cherished.
The latest change is all the rage and it’s all about speeding up the pace of the game. That change would be radical, and attitudes vary on a clock being used to time aspects of the game, for the purpose of moving the action along.
According to a report by William Boor of MLB Pipeline, pitchers aren’t bothered by the clock experiment. http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/98886426/pitchers-unfazed-by-20-second-clock-in-third-test-at-arizona-fall-league
Rosario’s actual praise was a positive sign that this might not be so bad, and actually could be a successful tool.
But Mets RHP Rob Whalen had a different reaction.
Here are his thoughts:
We played our first game at Salt River so we experienced the clock right away. Honestly, didn't seem to make a difference. Guys weren't in any more of a rush between pitches or between innings taking their positions.
I'm not a fan of it. The game was still fairly long and slow due to walks and tight strike zones. I think if the zone opened up a little bit you would see less walks and more contact which would lead to the game speeding up a little bit.
I don't believe it's going to stick around and make it to the bigs. It failed in college games and will fail in pro ball.
If it were to stick, it shouldn't be on when runners are on base, they can just time the clock. Pitchers need more time with guys on holding the ball to freeze the runners is part of a pitchers strategy to keep guys from stealing, especially if they have slow moves to the plate when delivering a pitch.
Taijuan Walker Update & Flashback:
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