Baseball’s game clocks and pitch clocks are working

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Before this season started the big news was how, in the bigs, baseball would implement a between-innings clock and mandate that batters stay in the batters box. In the minors those rules applied, plus the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock. The results have been pretty darn good reports the New York Times:

Chris Marinak, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president for league economics and strategy, said the average length of a nine-inning game had declined from 3 hours 2 minutes in 2014 (the first time it had been over 3 hours) to 2:54. Marinak said the eight-minute drop was the biggest decline in game time since 1963.

In the minors, where the pitch clock is also helping to move things along, the reduction has generally been even larger. Through games on Aug. 17, the average length of a nine-inning game in the Class AAA International League had fallen…

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