15 Jan 2015
Apparently, the “wise” owners have decided to try pitch clocks this upcoming season at the AA and AAA levels.
I am not against the idea of a faster game. I wouldn’t mind it one bit, but one of the great things about baseball is the lack of a clock. Adding a clock to MLB is like putting a TV up in church to me.
If the owners really want to speed up the game, here are a few ways they can do it without adding an artificial clock.
1- Start calling strikes on balls above the waist. This would lead to fewer pitches in a game and shorter AB’s.
2- Cut down on the time between innings. This will never happen because it would reduce TV commercials, but if you took 45 seconds out of the break between each inning that would eliminate at least 12 minutes from the length of a game.
3- Call a strike if a batter steps out of the box after a pitch. This is a personal peeve of mine. Why do hitters need to readjust everything after every pitch even when they haven’t taken a swing?
4- Make replay an automatic process. Have someone in charge of reviewing calls who decides if a replay challenge is needed or not. Stop the stupid system of a manager stalling for time while he waits to see if the dugout tells him to make a challenge. The point of replay is to get the calls right, so why not make it automatic?
How about trying some of these ideas before bringing a clock to baseball?