One of the most significant changes Major League Baseball has instituted for the 2023 season is the addition of the pitch clock.

The pitch clock was adopted to help speed the game up. It’s already paying off, even in spring training games.

Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, game lengths are already down significantly. On Friday, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners wrapped up their contest in two hours and 29 minutes, while the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals went four minutes longer at two hours, 33 minutes.

According to data from Statista, the average MLB game took three hours and three minutes to complete in 2022.

San Diego Padres slugger Manny Machado became the first victim of MLB’s new pitch clock. Facing Seattle Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray, Machado did not bring his left foot inside the batter’s box in the eight seconds he’s allowed. Blakney called time, signaled to his wrist for a clock violation, and announced that the count was now 0-1.

While in the windup, pitchers will now have 15 seconds to deliver a pitch (20 seconds with a runner on base), but batters have just eight seconds to get set. A batter who violates the clock will be charged with a strike, while pitchers who do so will be given a ball.

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