Should MLB have a countdown clock for pitchers? | The Tylt
Major League Baseball and player’s union are trying to reach an agreement around a pitch clock—a countdown providing a set amount of time that can pass between pitches. Putting in a pitch clock may speed up the pace of play, which has been a problem for the league. But critics say pitch clocks won’t improve the pace and will tax pitchers’ arms even more with less recovery time between throws. What do you think? ⚾
Should MLB have a countdown clock for pitchers?
One of professional baseball's charms is the absence of time. No matter how long it takes, the game doesn't end until there are at least 27 outs. The absence of time is also one of the great annoyances of baseball because it can take more than four hours to finish a game. MLB officials have looked into introducing a pitch clock in order to speed the game up. Some love the idea of watching a game that can be over quickly. Others feel the clock is unnecessary. What do you think?
Let's not sugarcoat this—baseball is a boring sport. It definitely has stretches of great drama like the playoffs, but when there's not a lot going on, it is an absolute grind to get through. A pitch clock would speed up the game, and ensure there is a workable pace of action. No longer will pitchers stand like statues on the mound running through endless pitches, or glaring into the zone. Now they will be pitching constantly without slowing the game down. MLB needs this pitch clock to save the game.
Pitch Clock— Mick Vitale (@MickeyVeee) September 14, 2017
Throw the damn ball!!!
Include catcher/player visits to the mound with the pitching coach allotment (one total an inning). Pitch clock for dayzzzzz— Corey Gloor (@CoreyGloor) September 11, 2017
If you want to speed up the game, putting in a pitch clock is not the way to do it. Keep the batters in the box, do not allow glove readjustments, enforce the amount and length of mound visits; these are other ways to quicken the game. Instituting a pitch clock puts too much pressure on pitchers. It wouldn't give them adequate rest between pitches and could tire their arms quicker.
Baseball has been played without a pitch clock for more than a century. Even if MLB wanted to quicken the game, pitch clocks are not the solution.
MLB is still focused on the dumbest things. The pitch clock idea is so stupid. Nobody cares, and it doesn't improve pace of play.— Brad Johnson (@BaseballATeam) September 15, 2017
Pitch clock = death of baseball. Maybe stop basing all decisions on gametimes of Red Sox or Yankee games. Some are actually quite quick!— Caleb Rocke (@emdsreachhigh) September 13, 2017