Three seasons ago seven MLB teams averaged over three hours a
game, while now all but one of the 30 teams do, according to
"The goals of the committee will focus on decreasing time of game
and improving the overall pace of play in the 2015 regular season
and beyond," MLB said in a statement on Monday.
The committee will be chaired by Atlanta Braves president John
Schuerholz and comprised of commmissioner-elect Rob Manfred, Mets
general manager Sandy Alderson, players union chief Tony Clark, Red
Sox partner Michael Gordon, MLB VP of baseball operations Joe Torre
and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
"With the cooperation of all appropriate parties, we can make
progress on improving the pace of play, and we will have
recommendations in the very near future for the 2015 season," Selig,
who is retiring in mid-January, said in a statement.
Some suggestions have included implementing a time limit for
pitchers between each delivery, and mandating that batters be in the
batter's box ready to hit without having to go through a series of
habitual adjustments between each pitch.
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"I believe that this group has the experience and the perspective to
be mindful of our game's traditions while being creative about our
approach in the future," Selig said.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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