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  • Thursday, 29 February 2024
Padres' Manny Machado becomes first victim of MLB's new pitch clock

Padres' Manny Machado becomes first victim of MLB's new pitch clock

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado became the first player to be penalized under Major League Baseball's new pitch clock during a spring training game on Sunday.

The pitch clock, which was implemented in an effort to speed up the pace of play, requires pitchers to deliver the ball within 20 seconds if there are no runners on base. If they fail to do so, a ball is added to the count. Batters must also be in the batter's box and ready to hit within the allotted time.

During Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners, Machado was penalized for stepping out of the batter's box and adjusting his batting gloves while the pitch clock was running. The penalty resulted in a strike being added to his count.

The new rule has been met with mixed reactions from players, coaches, and fans. Some believe it will help to speed up games and make them more enjoyable to watch, while others worry that it could negatively impact the pace of play and lead to more mistakes on the field.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has been a vocal proponent of the pitch clock, arguing that it is necessary to keep up with the changing times and meet the demands of modern audiences.

"We need to be responsive to what our fans want," Manfred said in a statement last year. "Our research suggests that our fans want a game that is faster-paced and more action-packed. The pitch clock is one way to help achieve that goal."

However, some players have pushed back against the new rule, arguing that it places an unnecessary burden on them and could lead to more injuries.

"We don't need a pitch clock," said Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester in a recent interview. "It's just another thing to think about. It's one more added stress to an already stressful game."

Despite the controversy, the pitch clock is set to be used throughout the 2022 season in both spring training and regular season games. It remains to be seen how it will impact the game and whether it will be embraced by players and fans alike.

For Manny Machado, the penalty was a minor setback in an otherwise successful spring training. The Padres are hoping to make a deep playoff run this year, and Machado is expected to play a key role in their success. Whether the pitch clock will help or hinder the team's chances remains to be seen.

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado became the first player to be penalized under Major League Baseball's new pitch clock during a spring training game on Sunday.

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