Should MLB have a countdown clock for pitchers? | The Tylt
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.
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.