Speeding Up The Game???

April 7, 2010 – 1:06 pm

Did I miss a news story somewhere about umpires being more strict about allowing hitters to call time out while at the plate?  I sure haven’t read anything other than the usual rumblings about speeding up the game — but in last night’s NYY-Boston game clearly the umpires were using some new guidelines.  At least twice — once with Derek Jeter and once with David Ortiz — the plate umpire refused to grant their request for a timeout.  It was actually pretty funny, as no one knew how to react.  When Ortiz did it, Jorge Posada actually “granted” the time out even though the ump didn’t.

Personally I don’t have any real problem with the length of games — in fact, it seems to me that the only people that seem to have a problem with it are the talking heads.  But whatever — if you are going to have new guidelines on when a batter can call time out, at least inform the players about what is going on!  Clearly this was very much news to Jeter and Ortiz.  Now it also occurs to me that this is something that might work to the advantage of the pitcher — and if that is indeed the case, then I’m all for it — it’s about time a rule change actually benefited pitchers, rather than hitters.

Regardless, if all this was was an experiment though, it was certainly a failure.  Last night’s game ran 3:48, almost a full hour longer than the average game!

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