SilverBullet Posted February 20, 2015 Share Posted February 20, 2015 MLB announced its early initiatives to improve pace of play and changes to the instant replay system today... Pace of Play: -The batter must keep one foot in the batters box at all times except in a specified event such as (the defensive team has a mound conference, the pitcher leaves the mound, a wild pitch or passed ball, a bunt attempt, umpire grants time, a pitch forces the batter out of the box, a defensive play on a runner, or a swing) -The umpire may penalize the batter with a called strike, including multiple called strikes if the batter continues to delay play. -Umpires may give a warning if the delay is deemed brief and inadvertent. Pace of Play Timer: -From the third out of the previous half inning a clock will be displayed on the scoreboard for 2 minutes 25 seconds (corresponding to the 2 minute commercial break time of a TV broadcast). Certain activities should be occurring as the clock reaches certain intervals... With 40 seconds remaining, the batter will be announced and walk up music will be played... 30 seconds remaining, pitcher throws final warm up pitch Between 20 and 5 seconds remaining the batter must enter the batters box (this is apparently the time when the commercial break is over and the broadcast should already be live) From the time the batter enters the box to before the end of the 2:25 clock, the pitcher must begin his delivery motions. -A fine system and potential discipline for serious offenders will be used after April 2015. -An extra 20 seconds will be added to the clock for nationally televised games. Instant Replay: -To eliminate the manager's contrived slow walk to the umpires while the team decides if it will challenge a replay... a manager now can signal from the dugout that they need a moment to review the play, and then the umpires give them the allotted time to decide if a challenge will be used. -Managers only lose a challenge if it's not overturned. So in theory the team has unlimited challenges as long as the team is correct. -Postseason, All Star Games, and tiebreaker games now allow each team two challenges before the seventh inning instead of one. (Althought the previous change is still in effect here) -Tagging up is now reviewable, such as whether a runner left the base early or if their foot was on the bag or not. -Managers now have to use a challenge for plays at the plate, although umpires can still initiate a replay when they seem fit as well. Thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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