By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Author
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Puffing on a cigar, Chicago White Sox proprietor Jerry Reinsdorf stated what many followers consider.
“It doesn’t matter if the sport is three half hours if it was an thrilling recreation. But when it’s a 2-1 recreation, it takes four hours, no one’s too proud of it,” he stated Tuesday. “I consider we should always velocity up the sport. That’s one of many issues we should always do, is restrict the variety of journeys that a catcher can take to the mound in the middle of an inning or a recreation. We might simply minimize 20 minutes off the time of a recreation if we actually needed to.”
The typical time of a 9-inning contest was a document three hours, 5 minutes this season, up from 2:fifty six in 2015. The postseason common was three:29.
Many homeowners and basic managers need to reduce down journeys to the mound by catchers. Whether or not the reason being altering indicators, speaking about pitch choice or simply giving a pitcher a breather throughout lengthy plate appearances, administration needs to chop again.
Pitchers and catchers say they’re being additional cautious in an period the place dozens of excessive-definition cameras are targeted on them, and every group has staff in video rooms looking for any benefit.
“There could possibly be a component of paranoia concerned,” White Sox common supervisor Rick Hahn stated.
Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers president of baseball operations, didn’t hedge.
“I don’t assume it’s paranoia, I feel it’s actual,” he stated of the signal-stealing menace.
MLB proposed three modifications to deal with recreation size final offseason that the gamers’ union didn’t settle for, and administration can begin them subsequent yr with out participant approval: proscribing catchers to at least one journey to the mound per pitcher every inning; using a 20-second pitch clock; and elevating the underside of the strike zone from simply beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 degree — on the prime of the kneecap.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred prefers reaching an settlement with the union, and modifications could possibly be phased in over a number of years. The strike zone change has been mentioned much less in current months.
Dialogue between MLB and the union is ongoing.
There additionally has been dialogue about slicing the time between innings through the use of cut up screens to broadcast commercials whereas half-innings get underway.
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