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MiLB Pace-of-Play Rule Changes Aim to Speed Up Games

MiLB Pace-of-Play Rule Changes Aim to Speed Up Games

St. Lucie Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) jogs to the dugout during a game against the Florida Fire Frogs on July 23, 2017, at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. St. Lucie defeated Florida 3-2. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:12 PM

Minor League Baseball's pace-of-play rules will change in several major ways this year in an attempt to cut down on lengthy games.

The changes were announced Wednesday by MiLB and include pitch clocks for some classifications and a runner on second base to start all extra innings, The Washington Post reported.  

A rule limiting mound visits will also be in effect in the minor league as it is in the majors, The Washington Post reported. Triple-A teams will be limited to six mound visits per game, with eight for Double-A and 10 for Single-A. Rookie leagues will not have a limit, The Washington Post reported. 

For Double-A and Triple-A teams, there will be a 15-second pitch clock when no runners are on base and a 20-second clock with base runners, The Washington Post reported. 

Hitters will get a ball if pitchers exceed their time limits, and batters will get a strike if they are not “alert to the pitcher” when 7 seconds are left on the pitch clock. The rules will have a grace period for the first 15 days of the season, until April 20, and only warnings will be given for violations during that time, The Washington Post reported. 

“We believe these changes to extra innings will enhance the fans’ enjoyment of the game and will become something that the fans will look forward to on nights when the game is tied late in the contest,” Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Conner said in a statement, Ballpark Digest reported.

“Player safety has been an area of growing concern for our partners at the Major League Baseball level, and the impact that lengthy extra innings games has on pitchers, position players and an entire organization was something that needed to be addressed,” O’Conner said.

Most baseball fans on Twitter called "foul" on the rule changes. 

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