Major League Baseball decides against pitch clock for 2018

Without pitch clock MLB's pace-of-play changes aren't worst-case scenario

Major League Baseball stopped short of enforcing a pitch clock and instead is limiting teams to six mound visits per game, whether from a coach, manager, catcher or infielder. Teams will be allotted one additional mound visit for each extra inning.

Yet does anything prompt patrons to check the time more than those endless mound visits?

Any interaction involving a manager, a coach or a player is considered a mound visit. Also, normal communication between player and pitcher that do not require either to vacate their position on the field do not count as a visit. "If he's still in trouble, the manager's coming (to take him out)", Zimmermann said. "When we get to the point of the games, being given the opportunity to go ahead, get the definitions, get the actuality of what we're going to deal with and the opportunity to work through it [will be beneficial]". We'll probably going to have to try to communicate a little bit differently where you're trying to do that from your position. Managers Bob Melvin of the A's and Bruce Bochy of the Giants were in the process of reviewing the rules. For instance, Major League Baseball announced the "home plate umpire may, upon request of the catcher, allow the catcher to make a brief mound visit" if the umpire believes a cross-up between the pitcher and catcher occurred. I won't go too far down into specifics on how we will do it. If you check out old games (on radio or TV that are from the late 80s or earlier), commercial breaks are often 1:15 or less.

One important exception to the limit has to do with sign cross-ups between a pitcher and a catcher. Those rules also apply to pitching changes. Sanchez will have to get on the same page as the pitcher with visual signs. If wires get crossed, the potential misfires could be unsafe. The biggest thing is not getting anybody hurt. Most of all the men behind the plate without a glove to protect them.

If you want players to consent to changes in the game, you will have to meet them halfway and shorten the games on your end. "We can get an edge because of that rule". Somebody is going to get hurt.

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With the commercial breaks, quite frankly, I'm shocked that they are cutting them down.

The impetus for Monday's announcement was the tedium of unlimited meetings between the pitcher and catcher, which stifle the action. "We had a pitcher-catcher relationship day today, and we brought that up".

If a staff - including the bullpen - has its act together sufficiently, then such cross up events should be resolved quickly by the catcher standing up and hollering "use the Rome signs" or something like that.

Don't turn that dial: For regular season in-market telecasts (non-nationally televised games), the time between innings will only be two minutes and five seconds. Fortunately, it did not come to that for these changes, according to a statement from Manfred.

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