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  • 09/03/2013, 08:14PM ET

It's time to start enforcing the rule book.

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Rule 8.04 of the MLB rule book states:

"When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call ??Ball.?? The 12-second timing starts when the pitcher is in possession of the ball and the batter is in the box, alert to the pitcher. The timing stops when the pitcher releases the ball."

I say it's high time MLB starts enforcing this rule.

It's pretty ridiculous when you have pitchers that take 30 seconds between pitches(Dice K) with the bases empty.

Get the game moving along. The younger generation has the attention span of a Jack Russell pup, and while baseball is doing just fine now, when the old timers start dying off, baseball might take a pretty hard hit in popularity if they don't find a way to increase the pace of the game.

The rule is in the book. It has been for a long time. If you're gonna make the rule, you need to enforce it.

And the SEC has implemented a pitch clock in their games and it has worked out just fine.


Draw offered.

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September 3, 2013  11:25 PM ET

For all the complaints about baseball being slow, someone timed it out, and there's more time of actual game play in baseball than there is in football.

September 4, 2013  12:45 AM ET

Strongly agree. Time to pick up the pace.

September 4, 2013  06:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

For all the complaints about baseball being slow, someone timed it out, and there's more time of actual game play in baseball than there is in football.

What percent of that time is attributed to a swing and a miss?

September 4, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Oh man don't get me started on that one....I've been bitching for years now....

September 4, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Along with, Why does a batter have to step out of the box after every pitch and readjust his gloves, gear, package, whatever....

September 4, 2013  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What percent of that time is attributed to a swing and a miss?

And how much time is wasted on pitchers throwing balls and the catcher tossing it back to the pitcher?

I'll bet it's about half of the total game time.

September 4, 2013  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Along with, Why does a batter have to step out of the box after every pitch and readjust his gloves, gear, package, whatever....

And extra pick off moves. Sometimes it's so obvious and the pitcher isn't even actually trying to get the runner out; it's just an attempt (or five) to hold the runner close to the bag.

It may be part of the strategy but there's nothing more excruciating than a pitcher wasting several minutes on lame, consecutive pick off "attempts".

September 4, 2013  05:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

And extra pick off moves. Sometimes it's so obvious and the pitcher isn't even actually trying to get the runner out; it's just an attempt (or five) to hold the runner close to the bag.It may be part of the strategy but there's nothing more excruciating than a pitcher wasting several minutes on lame, consecutive pick off "attempts".

Agreed, but that one is hard to fix

September 5, 2013  12:23 AM ET

We've got ourselves a TD!

September 5, 2013  12:32 AM ET

What's the average length of a Yankees/Red Sox game these days? Seems like they all go four hours or longer.

September 5, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

What's the average length of a baseball game these days? Seems like they all go four hours or longer.

Fixed.

September 5, 2013  04:17 PM ET

With the RedSox vs Yankees the game moves at the speed of evolution

September 5, 2013  06:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Fixed.

Wrong, Sacagawea.

September 6, 2013  02:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

We've got ourselves a TD!

Only if Mondo Jay ever posts an argument.....

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September 7, 2013  12:20 AM ET

More time in between pitches.

September 7, 2013  01:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

More time in between pitches.

Mondo's taking his time between arguments as an object lesson.

September 7, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Mondo's taking his time between arguments as an object lesson.

But he hasn't stepped in the batters box yet. He's only been announced as batting next.......

 
September 7, 2013  11:34 AM ET

Crap, I got busy and forgot about this. Sorry Outlaw.

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