‘Accelerating MLB’ Pitch Clock, shortens the game by 30 minutes… The effect of the new regulation is great
- on Apr 04, 2023
The winds of change are blowing in baseball.
The US Major League Baseball (MLB스포츠토토) made a drastic rule change ahead of the 2023 season. It contains the will to control the lengthy game time and provide fun and spectacle to fans.
The most notable thing is the introduction of the pitch clock. A new regulation was established to allow pitching within 20 seconds if there is a runner and 15 seconds if there is no runner, and clocks to check the time were placed throughout the stadium. Batters must also be ready to hit within 12 seconds if there is a runner, and within 7 seconds if there is no runner. If the batter is out of time, a strike is called, and if the pitcher is out of time, a ball is declared.
Pitch Clock, which was introduced in the last MLB demonstration game, reduced the average game time by 26 minutes compared to last year. The effect continued into the regular season. According to the Associated Press, the average game time of 50 games played over four days from the 31st to the 3rd of last month was 2 hours and 38 minutes. During the same period last year, it decreased by 30 minutes from the average of 3 hours and 8 minutes.
The time may increase as more samples are accumulated later, but it is clear that the effect is certain. MLB set the longest record ever in the 2021 season with an average game time of 3 hours and 10 minutes. Last season, he averaged 3 hours and 4 minutes. The MLB Secretariat dreams of entering within 3 hours.
Other new tablets are also producing desired results. The batting average in the league rose as the defensive shift, which batters complained about, was banned. The batting average, which was 0.230 for four days after the opening of last season, rose to 0.246 during the same period this season. Lefty hitters increased from 0.229 to 0.232, and righties hitters increased from 0.230 to 0.254.
The base, which was increased in size from 15 square inches to 18 square inches to prevent injuries to players, also brought about a significant change. His stolen bases per game more than doubled from 0.6 to 1.4, and his success rate rose significantly from 67.4% to 85%. This is also affected by the regulation limiting pitcher checks to two times per runner for speedup. If you do not get an out on the third check, it is a balk. Relatively runners are bound to be comfortable.
The Associated Press evaluated, “It was the season that made the biggest change since the 1969 season, when the height of the mound was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches to ease pitchers, and the 1973 season, when the designated hitter was introduced to strengthen the American League’s offensive power.”