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Daily Poll: How would you improve pace of play in baseball, if you would at all?

Whether we like it or not, MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred are intent on shortening baseball games. How would you do that?

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Lots of us love the game of baseball just the way it is. There is not a sport like it out there and the deliberate pace is part of the appeal of the game as it lends itself to increased drama and build-up while allowing for strategy to unfold before our eyes.

However, there are plenty of folks that think that baseball games are too long and boring and MLB seems to be moving towards trying to attract those sports fans even at the expense of what we traditionally know the game of baseball to be. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred went on record quite a bit this past offseason with his intention to try and make games move more quickly and not drag on.

There have been lots of proposals floated to go about this including a crazy rule involving extra innings starting with a runner on second, a pitch clock, altering commercial break lengths, limiting the number of pitching changes allowed, and others. Today, we ask you, the people, what you would do, if anything, to help improve pace of play. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, so if you have an idea that isn’t an option in the poll, let us know in the comments section what should be done.


How would you improve the pace of play in baseball games?

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  • 20%
    Nothing, leave the damn game alone
    (16 votes)
  • 15%
    Implement a pitch clock
    (12 votes)
  • 6%
    Limit the number of pitching changes allowed
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Put a runner on second in extra innings..because...reasons
    (1 vote)
  • 35%
    Decrease the length of time between innings for commercials
    (28 votes)
  • 20%
    Something else
    (16 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now