A Pitch Clock in Major League Baseball? I Say No Way & Here's Why! by Mike Prochaska
How does everyone feel about a time clock for pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB)? A pitch clock is used in college baseball and Minor League Baseball to limit the amount of time a pitcher uses before he throws the ball to the hitter. I just heard that MLB will be using the pitch clock during spring training.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is continuing his quest to speed up his game of baseball. Concerned that the average major league contest in 2017 lasted three hours, five minutes, and three hours, 29 minutes in the post-season, Manfred wants to speed up the game with the pitch clock.
I personally don’t like this idea. Part of baseball is watching the battle unfold between the pitcher, catcher and batter. We don’t need to speed up the game. There is nothing better than sitting in the ballpark watching your team play on a beautiful day and the battle between pitcher and batter. I believe that is one of the best parts of baseball. This is baseball, not basketball. Baseball doesn’t need a 20-second clock!
Baseball is the only major North American team sport to be played without a clock. While a pitch clock would not impact a team's scoring opportunities – as do the game clocks in football, basketball, hockey and soccer – a clock will change the feel of the game; its natural ebb and flow, the rise and fall in tension and suspense as the batter and pitcher duke it out on the mound.
How do you feel about a pitch clock?
— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) February 17, 2019
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