Play ball ... Faster! Games are seven minutes longer in 2017
NEW YORK — Commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledges games have slowed even more this season, and Major League Baseball will meet with players in an attempt to find a solution.
The average time of a nine-inning game is a record three hours and five minutes — up from three hours last year and 2:56 in 2015, Manfred’s first season as commissioner.
Manfred said Thursday after an owners’ meeting that baseball has “probably gone backwards a little bit.”
Management proposed making a number of changes for this year, such as installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the mound by catchers.
However, the players’ union would not agree.
Management can implement changes unilaterally with one year advance notice.
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, right, stands at the plate after being hit by a pitch from Braves’ Julio Teheran, while home plate umpire Paul Emmel walks past catcher Tyler Flowers in the first inning of an interleague baseball game Thursday night in Atlanta. The Jays won the game, 9-0. For complete coverage, see thespec.com.