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 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:…

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 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.…

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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