RAILRIDERS 2015: Time will tell if pitch clocks will fix baseball - Scranton...
The only “time” that has ever concerned fans is stretch time. Yet, most of the national attention the International League will get this season will come courtesy of a clock. As part of a Major League Baseball-sanctioned experiment to speed up its own games, the IL is among baseball’s Triple-A and Double-A leagues that will use pitch clocks and enforce a new set of rules designed to shave time from games and, in turn,... The average time of a game in the major leagues last season stood at three hours, two minutes, up nearly a half an hour from the 2:33 average in 1981. But the epidemic of slower games hasn’t just manifested itself at the big-league level, and it... Fans at PNC Field this season will notice one of the biggest changes throughout baseball in 2015, and perhaps one of the most significant fundamental changes ever made to the game. Three pitch clocks, two located on the arch of the backstop near each dugout, and another in center field. If he fails to do so before the clock strikes zero, the umpire has the discretion to add a ball onto the batter’s count. While the pitch clocks are the most noticeable change, other changes will also be implemented, including another rule tried out in last year’s Arizona Fall League: Batters will have to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box between pitches.
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Read already contemplating 'must-win' games - Stuff.co.nz
An explicit warning should be tagged to the footage of the Crusaders' 25-20 loss to the Highlanders. No-one could detract from the Highlanders' aggressive performance on Saturday night but when some Crusaders players review the tapes, they may wish they could shrivel up and float away. Mistakes against a fast defensive line and such aggression in the tackle is understandable but many of those botch-ups at AMI Stadium, when Super Rugby season is into its third month, should have been eradicated from the Crusaders' game long ago. The tries to loose forwards Matt Todd and Jordan Taufua provided flashbacks to the 52-10 win against the Sharks in Durban but things fell apart as the Highlanders scored the next three tries. Now things really do get tricky: the Chiefs play in Christchurch on Friday night and who could forget the way they decimated the Crusaders 40-16 in Hamilton on February 28. When Crusaders skipper Kieran Read was told the Highlanders result was... "It is really disappointing that you come home and put on a show like that because we have got a lot more in us. ". Well, the Chiefs are coming and many Crusaders loyalists will be nervous. "Our game is that we can play wherever we need to and where the space is. ". Read is a warrior, a rare beast who throws one-handed passes and clocks up big metres on attack but even he was shaded by fellow loose forward Taufua.