Sunday, May 3, 2015

ICYMI: Pace of Play Rules Adjusted Slightly on Friday

In case you missed it Major League Baseball slightly adjusted their new pace of play rules this Friday and have made the changes effective immediately. The main objective to the changes in the pace of play rules was to give hitters and pitchers a little more leeway before simply imposing fines for the new rules which I think everyone is grateful and thankful for.

The new rules have been agreed upon by the MLB owners and their players after game times dropped to 2 hours and 54 minutes through April 29th’s slate of games. This is down by eight minutes from the same period last year and includes a 19 inning marathon between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox and a 13 inning game between those same Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on the 29th.  These are encouraging numbers as far as pace of play but whether this is helping draw in the casual fan and new fans is yet to be determined.

Under the previous set of rules a warning and the subsequent fines would begin on May 1st and would become cumulative and carrying over throughout the month. If a player took too long, pitcher or batter, they were subject to a $500 fine with those fines stacking every time a reoccurrence happened. Under the new set of rules each penalty would be erased and all previous infractions would reset and start over with each new series.

This is likely to be the first of many changes and tweaks to the pace of play this season but it’s hard to argue with positive results and that is what Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball is facing right now. I have not seen any radical or significant changes in my viewing experience or to the purity of the game of baseball so I for one am very happy when a 7:05 pm start is over by 10:00 pm. Good work Manfred and company, keep up the good work. 

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