Fitch Clock to ease in the fall? Labor and management leaders’ positions [MK현장]

Pitch clock (pitching time limit) newly introduced in the major leagues in the 2023 season, will it be restricted in the postseason? In this regard, major league labor and management representatives showed a subtle difference in position.

Major League Players Union Secretary 메이저사이트 General Tony Clark and Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred, two heads representing league labor and management, attended a regular meeting of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) held at a hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington, USA on the 12th (Korean time). , and exchanged opinions on various issues with reporters.

The biggest topic at this event was the newly introduced pitch clock this season. From this season, the Major League changed the rules so that a pitching motion can be started within 15 seconds when there is no runner and within 20 seconds when a runner is out.

Secretary General Clark said players want the pitch clock to be adjusted in the postseason and wants players to be allowed “a few extra seconds”.

The postseason is played with a different level of tension and concentration than the regular season. Therefore, it would not be an unreasonable request to ask the players for a little more time to think about their choices.

In addition, it is necessary to reduce the possibility of an unfortunate incident in which the game is decided due to pitch clock violation.

Commissioner Manfred, who visited the event after Secretary-General Clark left, also expressed his intention to discuss this issue with Secretary-General Clark and the players, saying, “I don’t want the game to be decided in the postseason due to pitch clock violations.”

However, for two reasons, he revealed a negative position on the postseason pitch clock adjustment.

There are exceptions such as overtime game rules, but in general, the first reason is that “the postseason and the regular season are played in the same way”, and “the field has been adapted to the way the pitch clock operates, and there are no violations of the rules. Being managed” was the second reason.

According to data presented by the Major League Secretariat on this day, out of 1357 games played in the first half of the 2023 season, 60% of the games did not result in a pitch clock violation. As some are concerned, it is unlikely that important games in the postseason will be decided by pitch clock violations.

The difference between the two sides is clear, but both sides have left the possibility of dialogue open, so the future direction is noteworthy. To the question, “Do you think there will be a change in the pitch clock rule in the postseason this season?”, Secretary General Clark answered “I don’t know”.

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