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MLB Makes Change to the Pitch Clock

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Jeff Passan announced yesterday that Major League Baseball's competition committee has proposed reducing the pitch clock with runners on base from 20 seconds to 18 seconds, sources tell ESPN. The new rule could be implemented in time for the 2024 season. This is certainly big news for players and fans.


Last year was the first year with the pitch clock in the MLB. Many would say it was a success. In 2022, the average time of game was 3:06. In 2023, the first year of the pitch clock you could certainly tell the difference. The average time was 2:42. With this change, it go down even more.


Of the 1,094 pitch-clock violations in 2023, 14% came with runners on base. On average, pitchers began their deliveries with 6.5 seconds remaining on the 15-second clock and 7.3 seconds left on the 20-second clock. (Information by Jeff Passan.)



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