Why pace of play has slowed to a crawl, and a dozen ways to fix it

Tuesday May 27th, 2014
Danny Espinosa takes more than 27 seconds between pitches, and that isn't even the majors' slowest time.
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Catcher Jose Molina is one of the prime culprits making the Rays the slowest team in baseball.
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The irony is that baseball has changed radically just in the past 10 years with no rules changes or enforcements in place. It has grown like an untended garden, with weeds diminishing its beauty. Let's clean it up before it gets worse.

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