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HarleyQuinn

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Looks like Cleveland AGM Carter Hawkins will be the new Cubs GM

White Sox are expected to exercise the $16 Million Option on Craig Kimbrel then try to deal him during the winter. Kimbrel is 28 saves shy of 400 for his MLB career.
 

HarleyQuinn

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Not good news for pitchers who didn't want to be rushed/baseball's efforts to try and speed up the game this year.


"The average was 3:10:07 for the 2021 regular season, the commissioner's office said after the regular season ended Sunday. That was up from 3:07:46 for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and 3:05:35 in 2019.


"Take that away (extra 50 seconds of commercial time) from the 3:40 average length and that’s 3:26 — which is still 15 minutes more than the average length of a 2021 game."

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HarleyQuinn

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Great article covering MLB's experimental rules in the minor leagues and the effects (positive & negative) they had.


"The AFL (Arizona Fall League) is using the ABS system (in games at Salt River Fields), the full shift restriction, the 15-second pitch clock, the pickoff-attempt limitation, and the 18-inch bases, which may hint at the rules that MLB considers keepers.

MLB wants to ensure that “the call that ABS is producing matches the representation of the pitch location on all our different platforms,” so that a strike on the field also looks like a strike on K-Zone and Gameday (and vice versa). For that reason, Sword says, “We’ve been prioritizing rectangular, two-dimensional zones as we work through this process.”

...a 15-second pitch clock (17 seconds with runners on base) in the Low-A West, a circuit composed mostly of teams from the former High-A California League. After the pitch clock started ticking on June 8, the league’s average time of game fell by roughly 20 minutes, from 178.2 minutes to 158.4.

Because the (step-off) rule wasn’t paired with a pitch clock, it also led to long delays as pitchers held the ball to try to disrupt runners’ timing, usually in vain. Although steals were much more common, Goldberg-Strassler says, “players were frustrated and the larger reaction from spectators was that games/pace was slower than it had ever been.”
 
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