Play ball ... Faster! Games are seven min­utes longer in 2017

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

CUR­TIS COMP­TON, AT­LANTA JOUR­NAL-CON­STI­TU­TION

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.

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