Rays manager Joe Maddon against proposed pace-of-play rules
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon again repeated his stance about the speed of games, saying that MLB needs to slow down on implementing new pace-of-play rules.
MLB announced last week it will set up a new committee aimed at studying the issue of trying to speed up the game.
"I just don't get it,'' Maddon said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "To make the game 15 minutes quicker and think that's going to make it more attractive, I don't understand that.''
The Rays are one of 17 teams whose games last more than three hours on average, and Tampa Bay’s games clock in at three hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds, the slowest in the majors.
Some solutions offered to improve pace include a clock, enforcing time limits between pitches and setting a limit on how many times a player can step out of the batter’s box between pitches.
"To put a clock out there is really an abhorrent thought,” Maddon said.
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