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Monday, 12 June 2017 21:21

Mound Visits Need to Be Eliminated From Baseball

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Baseball has a pace of play issue that has been well documented for some time now. Many fans complain about how long the game takes and cite that as a reason for why they don’t watch games that much. I consider myself a bit of a baseball purist, and I like the way the game is for the most part. I don’t hate long games and think too many fans are just impatient these days. I love long baseball games, but I don’t like when games run long because of wasted time.

Last night, the Red Sox and the Tigers played for four hours and six minutes on Sunday Night Baseball. The night before, the same two teams played a three hour and thirty-nine minute game. Both games were examples of why people can’t sit through a full matchup on a regular basis in my opinion. While baseball is trying to make changes to shorten the length of games, they don’t seem to be working all that well. I have one idea in my mind that I want to see put into effect, though it probably never will be.

Mound visits need to be outlawed in baseball. There are way too many of them, either by a manager, a pitching coach, a catcher or an infielder. I don’t understand why they are needed either. Why does a pitcher need someone to calm them down after a mistake? Why do they get a break in the action for someone to talk strategy with them? You don’t see a coach running out to the outfield after a player drops a fly ball to tell them it’s all good.

There are many catchers that feel the need to go out and talk to their pitcher quite often throughout the course of a game, but I can’t think of one that does it more than Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. I don’t care that he’s going out there to calm down a pitcher that I’m rooting for, it’s still annoying. At the very least, baseball needs to put a limit on how many times this can occur.

On Saturday night, I was at the game and I honestly expected it to go by rather quickly. Chris Sale, a noted fast-worker, was on the mound for the Red Sox and Justin Verlander, an ace in his own right, was pitching for Detroit. The game remained rather low scoring until the eighth inning but it still felt like a long one. The Tigers in particular couldn’t seem to get through a half inning in quicker than 15 minutes and most of this was because of mound visits.

There are other issues in baseball, like how long a pitcher takes to get ready to throw, or batters stepping out of the box as much as they want. Replay reviews are taking too long and fans are flipping the channel to something more fast paced. Like I said, I don’t mind a long game, but let’s have it be efficient at least. Working the count and fouling off pitches takes a while, but it’s a necessity. If it goes to extra innings but there aren’t any unnecessary stoppages, I’ll love it. Just stop with the extra waste that is mound visits, at the very least.

Jake Archer

Jake is a contributor to the CLNS Red Sox beat team. He is passionate about baseball, basketball, football and golf, but can get interested in almost anything competitive. Jake has a lot of strong opinions and will share them through his writing and podcasting. You can also follow him on Twitter @jarcher04 but please be advised, his takes can get hot.