New Minor League Baseball Rules For 2018
There's been a lot of talk lately about speeding up the game of baseball. Some say it's too slow. Me personally, I think its just fine. I love baseball. I'm not a basketball guy or a football guy. I will admit, sometimes watching a ball game is like watching a chess match or paint dry, but why mess with something that has been working for over 100 years?
According to Milb.com, there will be some new rules for minor-league baseball to help the pace-of-play. Oh, and these changes are coming 3 weeks from the start of the 2018 season.
The changes will effect Double-A and Triple-A teams. The Quad City River Bandits are a Single-A, so no rule changes there, but this will effect the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.
The rule changes include: a 15-second pitch clock with no runners on base, reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits during a game, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base, and more.
Read about the rule changes here.
If games get faster, teams will start to loose money. Fans wont get up and buy concessions or merch because they will miss the game. Advertisers wont spend as much money because there will be less time for TV ad's.