I won't go too far down into specifics on how we will do it.
Hoping that it will increase fan interest, attendance and television ratings, Major League Baseball has installed a few rule changes created to improve the pace of play and shorten game times.
The MLB also said there will be no pitch clock instituted this year.
Last season's games averaged a record 3 hours and 5 minutes. "Yeah, we play long games". These rule changes have been in the works for weeks, so the announcement was not a surprise. In 2016, Girardi made the most pitching changes of any manager in all of Major League Baseball. - If major league baseball officials have their way, fans will get in and out of ballparks more quickly in 2018. As Joel Sherman of New York Post and MLB Network notes, there is no penalization for the teams that make more than six mound visits. Unfortunately, cutting just five minutes off a game is still not enough. They go to the mound. So a catcher or a second baseman going to chat with their pitcher now carries the same weight as a coach going out to gauge the situation. "It's a good thing to limit visits".
According to multiple reports, there is an agreement in place on the pace of play changes for the upcoming 2018 season. Same with an infielder.
Even then, the umpire has the discretion to grant an extra visit in the event a pitcher and catcher get crossed up on signals.
The conclusion that slightly shorter game times automatically equal more fans in the seats fails when the data jumps around so much from year to year. "And when guys get on base, the game comes to a screeching halt".
I'm sorry, but that's not the game of baseball I grew to know and love. "That's why back in the day, we liked doubleheaders". I'm not going to be out there with other teams knowing what I am throwing, that will kill my career. "You can't go out and talk to him?" It's 15 seconds. He's a little frustrated. "If it ever gets to the point where the catcher says, 'Look we just can't get on the same page here". For real change to come in the time of a game, the league will have to find new and creative ways to shorten commercial breaks while still generating revenue for advertisers. No balls or strikes will be called.
Umpires will enforce the time change rules, and those who continually violate them will "be subject to progressive discipline" by the commissioner's office.
There were also rule changes made in regards to video reviews, including that there will be the installation of new phone lines connecting the video review rooms and the dugout, and that communications over those lines will be monitored prevent their use for sign-stealing.
"I am pleased that we were able to reach an understanding with the Players Association to take concrete steps to address the pace of play with the cooperation of the players", Manfred said in a statement.
John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle's national baseball writer.
The most significant change: for the first time, teams will be limited to six mound visits in a nine-inning game. The rule change will cut down on those visits considerably.
Nationally televised games will have 2:25 breaks in between innings, down from 2:45, and postseason games will have 2:55 breaks.
Breaks between innings will also be strictly enforced, and pitchers must throw their final warm-up toss no less than 20 seconds before the start of an inning.