MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's hell-bent on turning every professional baseball game into a six-second Vine marches on which the league plans to have a 20-second pitch for upcoming spring training games this year, per. a MLB press release . As if it wasn't annoying enough, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that there's a "real opportunity" that this system is being implemented into regular season games.
The 20 second clock would begin after each pitch of a bat – with the exception of the first pitch of the bat – when the jug is everywhere on dirt with the ball and the catch is in the box. The jar must begin to stop before the clock expires. The battery must be in the battery box and be aware of seats at the five second mark.
The clock has been spying for years as one of the major changes in baseball that will help fight the only problem of the sport: games are too terrible for a long time. Until this season, it was only tested in Double-A and Triple-A leagues, where the teams saw a beginning dramatic drop in game length, only to see it slowly rise in the last few years.
Although not smart enough to realize that this is a stupid gimmick, the league had at least the brain to plan a slow roll out of this new policy:
1. In the first spring games, the 20-hour timer works without enforcement to familiarize players and judges with the new system.
2nd Early next week, judges will issue reminders to jugs and detainees who violate the rule, but no penalty will be assessed. In the space, judges are expected to inform the club's field staff (manager, pitching coach or beat coach) of any violations.
3rd Later in spring training, and depending on the status of the negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association, judges will be instructed to begin assessing the fines for violations.
The ideal scenario for Manfred and people who think like him is that these games help smooth enough of the edges so that this can be brought to the usual season. When that happens, it will get in the way of visiting borders where complacency took over and people eventually ended up complaining about it as it became part of the game.
However, for the ideal scenario of work, the Commissioner requires MLBPA's approval, but the association generally already rejected the idea last year, so the two sides are still negotiating. In a perfect world, the commissioner would listen to the players participating in the games that make the league money and try something else. But this is not the world we live in. The current collective bargaining agreement allows the league to unilaterally make changes to the game as long as the association gets one year's notice (MLB started this process in 2017). In other words, this will certainly happen soon.
Always good at seeing a commissioner take a strong stance and further crack working conditions to cut less than 10 minutes from a game.