- 09/03/2013, 08:14PM ET
CuntryBlumpkin said 09/03, 08:14 PM
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.
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