Pace-of-play changes coming soon?

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    I still think, as I said earlier, that expanding, or at least calling the strike zone as it was originally intended, can possibly help shorten the games. It does this by the pitchers throwing more strikes (and fewer balls), thus more strike outs, fewer walks. The pitcher doesn't have to groove the pitches right down the middle, thus giving the batters an advantage to get more hits/home runs.

    It would take away from the offense and make more of a pitchers game, but should decrease the game times.

    At least it makes some sense to me.
     
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    But fans wants to see runs scored vs. pitchers throwing strikeouts. I think the League has to work around that to speed up the games.
     
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    Jon Morosi‏Verified [email protected]jonmorosi 12m12 minutes ago
    Significant @MLB rule change for 2018: "Mound visits without a pitching change shall be limited to six per team, per nine innings. For any extra-innings played, each Club shall be entitled to one additional non-pitching change mound visit per inning." @MLBNetwork

    Jon Morosi‏Verified [email protected]jonmorosi 11m11 minutes ago
    Important @MLB rule exception: "Home plate umpire may, upon request of the catcher, allow the catcher to make a brief mound visit" if six visits have been exhausted and umpire believes a cross-up in signs occurred. Union has been concerned about cross-up injury risk. @MLBNetwork

    Jon Morosi‏Verified [email protected]jonmorosi 7m7 minutes ago
    Key detail: @MLB won't issue ball-strike penalties for violations of pace-of-play rules. However, "players who consistently or flagrantly violate the time limits will be subject to progressive discipline for just cause" by commissioner. That could include fines. @MLBNetwork
     
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    Buster Olney
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    About the mound visits rule and possible discipline: The umpire is empowered to enforce the rules up to and including ejection from the game. The MLB baseball ops can also discipline players separately. @GolicAndWingo
     
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    I wonder who is going to keep track of that. The umpires or the MLB office in Secaucus NJ?
     
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    Jesse Rogers
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    Joe Torre says the umpire will tell a catcher to get back behind the plate if he attempts to violate the 6 mound visit rule...if he keeps going it could lead to an ejection, etc. MLB hoping doesn't get to that
     

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