MLB labor, management disagree over ‘postseason pitch clock’…players call for relief
Major League Baseball (MLB) labor and management are at odds over whether to relax the “pitch clock” rule in the postseason.
According to ESPN and other local media outlets, Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Secretary General Tony Clark and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred attended the annual meeting of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) in Seattle, Washington, on April 12 (KST) and discussed various issues with reporters. The topic of the day was the pitch clock, which the MLB office implemented this season to shorten the length of games.
The pitch clock rule states that pitchers must pitch within 15 seconds if there are no runners on base and 20 seconds if there are runners on base. For batters, they must assume a batting stance at least eight seconds before the pitch clock type. If the pitcher violates this rule, the ball goes up by one. If the batter violates it, one strike will be added.
Both labor and fans have expressed their satisfaction with the new rule. In fact, the effects were immediate, with the pitch clock shortening the game by about 30 minutes. However, the players had hoped that the pitch clock rule would be relaxed in the postseason, where the tension and pressure is even greater than in the regular season. “No one wants the pitch clock to affect postseason play,” Clark said, “We need a few extra seconds to catch our breath.”온라인바카
“We don’t want a pitch clock violation to decide a game in the postseason,” Commissioner Manfred said after Clark left, “and I understand that it hasn’t happened in the past, and I understand that it could happen in the future.”
However, Commissioner Manfred emphasized the need to maintain the current rule, saying, “In general, the postseason should be played the same way as the regular season.” “The field has already adjusted to how the pitch clock works,” he said, adding that he was in favor of keeping the current rule.
For now, the two sides left the door open for future discussions on the pitch clock rule. “We’re open to dialog,” Clark said, “and there are some things that were not included in the initial discussions that we hope will be considered at a later date.”