Arguably the biggest strike against baseball is its pace of play. At times, the game can be painstakingly slow. But according to Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, steps toward relieving that issue already are showing results.
Werner appeared alongside NESN’s Tom Caron and Tim Wakefield on Wednesday during “Red Sox GameDay Live” and provided updated statistics on the overall speed of the game:
According to Werner, the average time of game has decreased nine minutes from last season to this season. That nine-minute reduction is the largest since 1962.
Part of that reduction is attributed to batters staying in the box. The number of violations per game for stepping out or taking too long has decreased throughout the season as batters have grown accustomed to the new rules.
Shortening the time between innings has contributed to the shorter game times, too.
“Listen, it’s the best game in the world,” Werner told Caron and Wakefield. “But I do think that to play the game in a more crisp fashion is a worthwhile endeavor, and I’m very pleased. This couldn’t be happening without the players embracing it.”
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