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Friday, February 26, 2016

30 second mound visit just codifies an old stupid ritual.

Football and basketball don't have anything like it. Baseball has been stewing in its own juices for so long that its "experts" cannot even see just how ridiculous most of this stuff really is. What the heck are mound visits anyway?

We timed a few mound visits from the 2015 World Series and here are the results mlb.com
by Matt Monagan

... coaches will now only have 30 seconds per mound visit. That's 30 seconds climbing out of the dugout, getting to the mound and then leaving the mound. 30 seconds!

Wow, that guy seems really impressed. Apparently the 30 seconds does not include traveling back to the dugout. Too bad.


Visits to the mound by managers and coaches -- which previously had no time limit -- will be limited to 30 seconds ...

The timer for mound visits will be the same in-stadium clock that measures the between-inning breaks. The timer will be set at 30 seconds and will begin counting down when the manager or coach has exited the dugout and the timeout for a mound visit has been granted by the Umpire. Unless the manager (or coach) signals for a pitching change, he must leave the mound when (or before) the timer reaches "0" (zero) seconds.


Say what? Apparently the visit is just that and the 30 second limit has no impact on actually changing pitchers.

Oh, and what's the penalty? You know, if the visit last longer than 30 seconds. Nothing? That should fit right in with the self congratulatory changes made last year.

Pace of play improvement policy abandoned? Sunday, May 3, 2015

During yesterday's May 2 Yankee game in Boston the announcers had a brief, innocuous discussion of the pace of play policy of the Major Baseball League (MBL).  Ken Singleton casually mentioned that he had read that the league and players association had agreed to not implement the minor fine system that was supposed to have started May 1.  The reason?  Changes had gone so well that it was thought to be unnecessary, that length of games had been reduced by eight minutes.

Say what?  Virtually every batter still delays after virtually pitch.  Then the pitchers go into their act...

Length of game is related but different from pace of play, which is much more important. That's obvious.  And while it's good that games are being completed in less time, is it a big improvement for a Yankee - Red Sox game to go from 3:58 to 3:50?  Who would even notice?

Not noticing is part of the problem. Why implement changes that have imperceptible impact? Who does that?

Get the damn games under two hours, and no, not by shortening them to seven innings.

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