The Cubs minor league managers and coaches are weighing in on the court clock and how to improve it

PITTSBURGH – When the Cubs return to Wrigley Field for their final home of the season, South Bend District Manager Lance Rimmel is scheduled to meet them there, after the Midwest League Championship kicks off.

“I’m excited to pick his brain around two things with the new rules,” Cubs director David Ross said last week.

Major League Baseball has used minors as a testing ground for rule changes, and three of them are due to make it to the major leagues next year: pitch hour, defensive shift restrictions, and larger bases.

The last two didn’t make the kind of waves in the minors like a playground clock. Defensive turnarounds aren’t nearly as common in Single-A, High-A, and Double-A — MLB tested the limitations Compared to the major leagues. Playing with bigger rules is a straightforward transition.

However, the pitch clock has significantly reduced the average play times. Earlier this month, MLB announced that with the introduction of the pitch hour, the average nine-minute playing time in the mini-half has increased from three hours and four minutes last season to two hours and 38 minutes — a difference of 26 minutes.

“It has been great this year for bowlers to put the ball on the field rather than waiting 30 seconds before the field,” Rymel said in a conversation with The Sun-Times two weeks ago, during the last series of the regular season for South Bend. “It speeds it up, and the fans are enjoying it. It’s not a huge difference, just a faster pace. It’s a good, fast pace. It’s not too fast, it’s perfect.”

Triple-A Iowa Cubs manager Marty Bevey said he was skeptical of the court clock when the MLB first announced its submission to the minor leagues. Now he says he loves her.

“Once I saw how you helped the game progress – the main thing I’m joining in is building a bigger baseball fan base,” he said.

The MLB has modified two aspects of the rule.

Top runners will have very little time on the clock. Minor league shooters had 14 seconds to start their move with no runners at the base and 18 or 19, depending on level, with at least one runner to start their moves. Major league bowlers will have 15 seconds when the bases are empty and 20 seconds with the runners.

While minor league hitters had to look at at least nine seconds left on the clock, major league hitters would continue until eight seconds left.

Bevy has some other ideas on how to improve the base. He said he filled out an MLB questionnaire about rule changes and wrote that shooters should get 20 seconds on the clock regardless of whether or not there are runners.

“What has to happen is when the bowler comes ready, the clock has to stop,” Bevy said. “They should be able to catch the ball. Because if you can hold the ball, you control the running game, right. But if you can’t catch the ball, you can’t control the running game. Especially if you get a few throws. Now they are expanding their lead. [off the base]And you have bigger bases.”

The pitch clock comes along with a grading limit for shooters. They can unscrew the rubber band twice per board appearance—to pick a runner or just reset the clock—without penalty. If the bowler descends a third time, he will be called up for the foul, unless it is a successful hit and the runner is ejected.

“I’m not a big fan of this, because then it takes away the strategy of someone who knows what they’re doing, who knows how to keep the runners.” iCaps pitching coach Ron Filoni told The Sun Times. “And in the seventh, eighth, and ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game, you should be able to have that ability to pick someone up a third time. So you’re cuffing my pitcher a little bit because of that.”

In minor leagues, the step counter never resets the appearance of the middle of the board. In the majors, at least, that will be when the runner progresses.

On the other hand, Fillon, a former MLB player, said he doesn’t understand why some bowlers take so long between pitches.

“The thing is if you change baseball, win or lose, that’s a problem,” he said of the stadium clock. “But if I can organize it a little bit and make it very fair and consistent, I don’t have any problems with it.

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