First off, am I the only one who doesn’t think this is a problem? Baseball is timeless, baseball is pure. MLB needs to stop making changes that disrupt the sanctity of the game. There is no clock in baseball, and that’s beautiful. Baseball can be watched in a leisurely setting, dogs on the grill, beer in hand, radio play-by-play in the background. What a glorious sport!
The average game last season was 3:05, highest in history. A few things contributed to this, mainly challenges and reviews. I personally feel that reviews should be used only for safe/out calls and fair/foul situations. But MLB is hinting at pitch clocks and limiting mound visits. I think adding a pitch clock is ridiculous. I hope this never passes. I’m not siding with limited mound visits either. There’s a reason they happen. Unlike the baseball we grew up with, there are a lot more stats available to players now. Teams want to make sure the right moves/pitches are being made. Some teams have crossed the line, I get that. But where do you draw the line? I’d be on board with a slight policing of this, but not necessarily a limit.
It just seems to me that Rob Manfred is trying to make changes to attract the younger crowd, purity be damned. Leave the game alone. Please. The younger crowd will move on regardless, whether it’s baseball, fidget spinners, or Tide pods. My biggest fear is that the game will change to the point of being unrecognizable from the game I grew up with. In the meantime, I’ll be checking schedules and deciding which games to go to this season. I may even catch a few minor league games when I travel.