Stepping into office, Rob Manfred has pledged to augment the efficiency of Major League Baseball games. Today, the MLB has implemented significant modifications to speed up the game. During 2014, the average MLB game took three hours and two minutes to complete. Compared to the NFL, NBA, and NHL, the MLB does not have a time clock to regulate the game. Therefore, Manfred has created three major rule changes to enhance the tempo in MLB games.
The first rule controls managers during replay challenges. By restricting managers from leaving their dugouts, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred believes the game will improve up its lethargic pace. Now, manager must remain in their dugouts to ask for a replay. The audacious impact that the manager provides when departing from his dugout often slows down the game and engenders a plethora of controversies amongst the coaches and the umpires. In addition, it is now requisite for managers to immediately leave their dugouts after an inning-ending call to ensure that the defensive team will remain on the field.
The second rule requires that hitters leave one foot in the batter’s box during at-bats. However, an “established exception” can overrule the second rule. For example, if a batter swings at a pitch, hits a foul ball, or is brushed back by a pitch, then the batter reserves the right to return to a placid state outside of the batter’s box to recuperate. Moreover, if the pitcher throws a wild pitch, then the batter can remove both of his feet from the batter’s box.
The third rule encompasses the game to promptly return to play after television commercial breaks and timed pitching changes. The MLB will allocate timers to enforce its regulations. One small timer will be installed near the outfield scoreboard and another will be placed near home plate. After the third out of each inning, the timer will be set to 2:25 for locally televised games and 2:45 for nationally televised games. Pitchers will be allowed to throw as many warm-up pitches as they desire until the clock strikes thirty seconds. Moreover, batters are strongly encouraged to enter the batter’s box with twenty seconds on the clock. A pitcher is expected to throw a pitch a soon as a batter steps into the box and appears ready. Any batter that does not enter the box with five seconds remaining on the clock and any pitcher that does not throw a pitch before the clock terminates will encounter subsequent violations after April of the 2015 season. Hence, the players will be allotted time to become accustomed to the rule changes during Spring Training and the first month of the regular season.
The MLB also revised its replay system by allowing a manger to retain his challenge after every call that is overturned. Furthermore, managers will possess two challenges per game during postseason play, regular-season tiebreakers, and All-Star Games. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated, "These changes represent a step forward in our efforts to streamline the pace of play. The most fundamental starting point for improving the pace of the average game involves getting into and out of breaks seamlessly. In addition, the batter's box rule will help speed up a basic action of the game". Commissioner Manfred optimistically anticipates that his pace-of-play modifications will make the game more enticing for fans; nevertheless, it will be fascinating to see how the players react to his contentious changes.
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