This might serve to lengthen some games. A pitcher is brought in to get a key out and ends up facing 3 batters and tying the game.How will they deal with feigned injuries? If a reliever pitches to one batter and suddenly grabs at his arm or back, can they force him to stay in, or will he be forced to sit out the next 2 or 3 games if he is removed prior to facing 3 batters? Will the umpiring crew chief really have to make that call and potentially face backlash from the players union in the event of a legitimate injury?
I'm all for speeding up the pace of play, but this manner of doing so should not be priority. Might as well just change the pitch count to 3 balls for a walk and 2 strikes for a K.
Great point. Never understood it eitherAnd on that topic.....why are relied pitchers allowed to come in during the middle of an inning, and proceed to “warm up” while the other 8 guys twiddle their thumbs????
It’s literally the only sport that does this.
How about.....warm up in the bullpen. When you are ready, I will then out you in.
You can throw 50 warmups in the pen, but goodness those 8 on the mound while everyone waits must happen.
Can you imagine JJ Reddick coming off the bench, and all 9 stand around while he fires up 8 practice shots from behind the arc.
Lutz doesn’t get 4 kicks on the field while 21 players wait.
Yet another Buffalo Wild Wings MLB moment.This might serve to lengthen some games. A pitcher is brought in to get a key out and ends up facing 3 batters and tying the game.
Current rule is its up the discretion of the umpire. How can the umpire diagnose something like arm soreness or a sprain, which you can't even accurately diagnose without imaging the affected area. As it is teams are going to abuse the injury exception and they will have to implement an IL rule. If hey come out for injury, they should have to go on the IL (if regular season), and maybe 2 games for postseason.*winds up for 1st pitch to second batter*
Oh ow my hamstring
*rolls on mound*