MLB Commissioner, MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark and Braves President John Schuerholz, the Chairman of Major League Baseball’s Pace of Game and Instant Replay Committees announced changes to baseball’s pace of game program, which will be effective in Spring Training, the regular season as well as the Postseason. The World Umpires Association also has given its approval to the additions.
Changes include, enforce a batter’s box rule, stating all batters must have a foot in the batter’s box at all times, with a few obvious exceptions (time is call, ball out of play, etc.).
• All stadiums will all add timers that will measure non-game action and time between innings and pitching changes during every game. One timer will be installed on or near the outfield scoreboard, and anoter will be added on the behind home plate near the press box. After the final out of every inning, the timers will count down from 2:25 for locally televised games and from 2:45 for nationally televised games. An MLB representative (a third party) at each game will run the timers from the field and will keep track of the following:
- Activities that will be timed:
- 40 seconds – Announcement of batter and begins to play walk-up music
- 30 seconds – Last warmup pitch
- 25 seconds – Hitter’s walk-up music ends
- 20 seconds – Hitter steps into the batter’s box
- 20 seconds – Pitcher starts to deliver pitch
If you want to read the full MLB press release on the changes, you can find them here.