Marcus Stroman was the first to violate the pitch clock in MLB‘s regular season at Wrigley Field. The new rule allows pitches to be completed in 15 seconds and runners on base for 20 seconds.
Stroman failed to deliver his pitch in time, even though he had used up all 20 seconds. Christian Yelich was at bat and this led to a violation that brought the score to 2-2.
Marcus Stroman was the first to violate MLB’s new pitch-clock rule. It was designed to speed up play and increase on-base action. The rule has reduced game time. The league remains positive about future improvements, despite some concerns from players.
Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs’s first regular season violation of MLB’s new pitch clock rules results in MLB’s latest pitch clock rule.
MLB introduced the pitch clock rule to speed up play and encourage more base-running activity in response to increasing numbers of home runs, strikeouts and walks. During spring training, Manny Machado was first to break this rule.
Rob Manfred the MLB commissioner, said that the change in the game’s nature meant it was less appealing to fans. This year’s spring-training games were 26 minutes shorter than the previous year due to the pitch clock.
The average MLB regular-season game lasted nine innings in 2022. This was three hours and three more than the previous year’s 3:10. The Yankees-Giants opening game took only 2:33 and had only one pitch clock violation. This indicates that it would be the fastest full season average in 43 years.
The pitch clock has helped to decrease game time. However, some players expressed concern about its effectiveness. Stroman tweeted that the pitch clock was “not working” and Trevor Bauer said it was a “terrible rule.” Despite their differences, the league is optimistic about the rule’s impact on the game, and anticipates more action on the field in the coming years.