The need for speed?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

The St. Louis Car­di­nals and Colorado Rock­ies tried to speed things up Tues­day night and it was hardly no­ticed.

Ma­jor League Base­ball ex­per­i­mented with hav­ing the pitch clock be­tween half in­nings set at 1 minute, 45 sec­onds.

Since 2016, the clock has been set at 2:05 for lo­cally tele­vised games and 2:25 for na­tion­ally tele­vised games. That’s down 20 sec­onds for each broad­cast from 2015.

“We all knew early in the day,” Car­di­nals Man­ager Mike Ma­theny said af­ter the team beat the Rock­ies 3-2. “Lance [Lynn] was ex­cited about it. He asked, ‘Why isn’t it al­ways like this?’ He feels like he has to wait around for com­mer­cials to be fin­ished. To be hon­est I didn’t even no­tice. I no­tice the real long breaks be­cause we’re just sit­ting around wait­ing. So I’m al­ways a fan of keep­ing the game go­ing.”

Tues­day’s game took 3:11 to com­plete, about six min­utes longer than the av­er­age ninein­ning game this sea­son.

“It didn’t feel any dif­fer­ent,” Lynn said. “I didn’t even know it hap­pened re­ally.”

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