NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — One of the knocks on baseball is that the game is too slow, that fans get bored and restless as the three-and-a-half-hour marathon rolls on.
Major League Baseball owners are aware that the pace-of-game issue is one that must be addressed, but how do you speed things up?
MLB will use a pitch clock this season in Class Triple-A and Double-A games.
Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement at the conclusion of baseball’s owners meetings.
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He said the decision followed a successful experiment with the clock in the Arizona Fall League.
MLB officials said details of how much time will be allowed between pitches and an announcement on other measures to be tested in the minors to speed up the game will come later.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the clock will be 20 seconds.
The MLB is negotiating with its players’ union on what speedup measures can be tried at the major-league level. Selig wouldn’t divulge details of what’s being considered for the majors because those talks are ongoing.
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