Major League Baseball pace of play initiatives for 2018 won't include pitch clock

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After a winter filled with rancor surrounding these alterations and the alarmingly slow market for free agents, commissioner Rob Manfred signed off on an agreement without that feature.

A pitch clock will not be implemented as part of this year's pace-of-play rule changes, but don't expect it to go away forever. (Mound visits by a manager to change pitchers will not count against the total.) Pitchers will also be required to throw their final warm-up pitch no more than 20 seconds before the end of each inning break. The 2017 season did not help the players' cause, as average time of a nine-inning game rose to 3 hours, 5 minutes - longest in history.

Manfred had wanted to add a countdown timer between pitches, but there will be no 20-second pitch clock for 2018. 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. That includes non-catcher position players, who won't be allowed to walk over whenever they want to exchange a few words with the pitcher. We'll probably going to have to try to communicate a little bit differently where you're trying to do that from your position. In fact, it's a welcome change if we're talking about general managers, too. While mound visit limitations aren't particularly drastic (six visits in one game outside of pitching changes is not all that common and there are no strict penalties in place), the Cardinal skipper does believe it will make teams more cognizant of how much dead time exists in a game. "We want to keep a good pace, we want to see action", he said. If you're watching on television or listening on the radio, don't turn that dial!

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Batter must approach the box as the last warm-up pitch is thrown. Also, catchers and pitchers can meet between batters, and umpires can award additional conferences between the battery when there is a "cross-up" regarding pitch calls. Two to two-and-a-half minutes will remain the standard.

"If you're really like stealing signs from up top with the video and transmitting them somehow in that nanosecond you'd be more concerned", Maddon said. If wires get crossed, the potential misfires could be risky. The biggest thing is not getting anybody hurt. Employers counter the demands would require them to hire at least 150,000 more workers at a time when the German manufacturing sector is already struggling to find qualified workers amidst low unemployment.

I think I finally understand the truth as to why Joe Girardi isn't returning to the Yankees dugout for his 11th season (sarcasm alert).

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I'm sure Boone will get his players and coaches on the same page prior to Opening Day because there's no point in fighting the powers that be. Somebody is going to get hurt.

I can't believe Major League Baseball and the owners actually agreed to shorten commercial breaks, but they did. Matheny said. "That stuff can happen from behind the plate".

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. Fortunately, it did not come to that for these changes, according to a statement from Manfred.

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