Major League Baseball (MLB) has decided to maintain the ‘pitch clock’ introduced this season to shorten game time in the postseason.
Local media reported on the 2nd (Korean time) 온라인카지노 that the Major League Baseball Executive Committee concluded that it would not change any regulations this postseason and notified the ‘Competition Committee’ composed of team owners and representatives of the players’ union.
According to the pitch clock rule introduced by the Major League this season, a pitcher must throw the ball within 15 seconds if there are no runners, and within 20 seconds even if there are runners.
The batter must take a batting stance 8 seconds before the pitch clock ends.
If the pitcher violates the pitch clock, ‘1 ball’ is automatically awarded, and if the batter violates the pitch clock, ‘1 strike’ is automatically awarded.
Due to the pitch clock, the average game time this season is 2 hours and 39 minutes, which is 25 minutes shorter than last year’s 3 hours and 4 minutes.
Even players who expressed dissatisfaction at the beginning of the implementation seem to have become quite accustomed to it.
There were 0.87 pitch clock violations per game in the first 100 games of the season, but the number has decreased significantly to an average of 0.24 in the last 100 games.
For the first time in the 15 games held on August 26, not a single pitch clock violation occurred.
The Major League expects that the introduction of the pitch clock will greatly shorten the length of postseason games.
According to ESPN, the average postseason game time last year was 3 hours and 32 minutes, which is 28 minutes longer than the regular season.
The 2021 postseason was 3 hours and 39 minutes, 2020 was 3 hours and 33 minutes, 2019 was 3 hours and 37 minutes, and 2018 was 3 hours and 48 minutes, which was much longer than usual.