Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Major League Baseball set to get rid of pitch clock until 2022

Major League Baseball set to get rid of pitch clock until 2022

The league announced that it was going to roll the 20-second timer out with a three-phase approach for the duration of Cactus League and Grapefruit League games; another step commissioner Rob Manfred has taken in order to try and help the pace of play during games.

With the other issues going on within the league, such as how players are unhappy with the stagnant free agency market, the league chose to keep the 20-second pitch clock proposal with training camp alone and revisit the idea in 2021.

Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, Manfred and Co. have proposed eliminating the pitch clock fad until at least 2022 in exchange for some other new rules which, if agreed upon, would still alter the game as we know it. That way, in the late innings of games, managers can not trot out reliever after reliever to get out one or two batters in specific situations.

Teams in 2018 were allowed six mound visits per nine innings, plus one visit for each extra inning.

To make up for issues relating to usage, Major League Baseball would expand the roster size from 25 to 26 - adding one pitcher in the process.


The Major League Baseball (MLB) recently submitted a written request to the relevant bodies, to prohibit sports betting on spring training games, but the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGC) has declined the request.

But some pitchers have voiced virulent opposition to the pitch clock, in particular.

As for the robot umpires, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the technology has improved tremendously. "It just shouldn't be in the game". Having a pitch clock, if you have ball-strike implications, that's messing with the fabric of the game. And there's no clock in baseball for a reason.

The agreement, announced by both parties Tuesday, will permit MLB to test experimental playing rules and equipment throughout the Atlantic League season, starting in 2019, that could - at some point - become effective at baseball's highest level. And what if an electronic strike zone was used instead of an umpire?

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