The pitch clock is one of many major changes that will be coming for Major League Baseball in 2023.
Larger bases and limits on the shift will also be implemented.
In the minor leagues, they have already started to experiment with the pitch clock.
Whether fans like it or not, it’s coming.
He had played with it a little bit in the minor leagues this year after the Texas Rangers had signed him to a minors deal.
Carpenter says he initially hated it but is now warming up to the idea of it.
Matt Carpenter, grizzled vet who played with the clock for a month or so:
“Initially, I hated it. I grew into liking it a lot — to the point where I would fully endorse it in the major league game…The big selling point is that the pace of the game is way better. It just is.” https://t.co/EvepWRytQH
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) June 30, 2022
A Veteran’s Take
This is an interesting take and ultimately, the pitch clock will probably be a welcomed change for baseball.
Many around baseball have cited the sport for taking too long and the pace being too slow.
But Carpenter seems to think that this will really help the pace of the game increase a little bit.
It probably is better for the pace of the game.
Each year since 2014, the average time of baseball games has steadily increased.
The game is ultimately slowing down and that is partially why some fans have turned away.
But with an uptick in the pace of play, baseball could regain some of its prowess again.
Several pitchers do take quite a while to throw their pitches, and that ultimately slows down the game.
But a pitch clock will help them ultimately speed up their delivery a little bit and move the game along.
Ultimately, Carpenter is right.
He experienced it firsthand and is saying that it’s going to be a good thing for the game of baseball.