MLB’s Rob Manfred addresses pitch meter concerns
Following the thrilling end of the 2023 World Baseball Classics – the tournament without a pitcher’s clock – anxiety about MLB’s newly implemented rules only increased as Opening Day approached.
Appears in the sixth episode of “Rich Eisen Program“, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred did his best to quell fans’ fears about the much-controversial pitch clock, confirming that the league is ready to make changes if needed.
“Our feet are not rocks to the clock on the field,” Manfred said. “We’ve seen it in the minor leagues, in spring training we’d like to see it in regular games of the season, especially in high-leverage situations. I I think we’re going to talk about what happens in those situations. I think we’re definitely capable of making adjustments quickly.”
The clock on the field had a positive impact on the tempo during spring training, shortening game time, one of the original goals of the rule change. However, some competitions also ended at the start violatesomething that many people dread happening in a big game or maybe even the World Series.
The on-field clock discomfort seems to have increased after this week’s WBC championship game, which ended with a memorable battle between Los Angeles Angels teammates Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout.
Their high rope match would be rife with violations if played by the rules of the major leagues. Instead of an unforgettable championship-winning assault, one watch could have dictated the outcome.