MLB's Pace of Play Problem


by Kamil Skwarek on Oct 16, 2014 | Views: 308 | Score: 8
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Kamil Skwarek
Kamil Skwarek on Oct 16, 2014 1:21 PM said:

Many factors are contributing to long games such as the increased use of the bullpen and instant replay. In September, MLB commissioner Bud Selig created a committee to focus on decreasing the length of games and improving the overall pace of play. What are your suggestions to speed up the game?

Noah
Noah on Oct 16, 2014 2:01 PM said:

This is why I stopped watching. Agonizingly boring.

Solution is simple - play clock just like in football. Batter isn't ready, pitch still counts. Pitcher doesn't pitch, automatic ball.

Quite easily done.

Christian Stellakis
Christian Stellakis on Oct 16, 2014 2:07 PM said:

I don't mind the longer games as long as the use of instant replay makes sure that something like this never happens again: https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Kamil Skwarek
Kamil Skwarek on Oct 16, 2014 2:53 PM said:

I agree, baseball needs instant replay just like other sports. That video is a perfect example why.

And Noah, that's a great idea. The players are largely responsible for the slow play. Too much unnecessary downtime in between pitches.

Noah
Noah on Oct 16, 2014 3:26 PM said:

He was totally safe.

If you took away all the down time, here is what baseball looks like:

Approx 120 pitches per team = 240 pitches total.

From beginning to end of "play" with windup, delivery, swing, any hit - average of let's say 5 seconds.

240 pitches x 5 seconds = 20 minutes.

So 3+ hours of baseball is really just 20 minutes of anything happening.

Kamil Skwarek
Kamil Skwarek on Oct 16, 2014 6:55 PM said:

That's even more ridiculous when you compare baseball to lets say Soccer. Continuous play for 90min in only 90min. Half the time of a baseball game.

There is an interesting stat over at Fangraphs. Its called "Pace" and it measures how much time a pitcher takes between pitches. It basically confirms what we already know. Pitchers take too much time. www.fangraphs.com/blogs/pitch…

Noah
Noah on Oct 16, 2014 7:53 PM said:

And soccer is the world's greatest sport. Thanks Kamil. I didn't want to be the first to point that out.

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