games take a long time to play, and I am very old.
Please BaseyBall faster.

@PostMasterGeneral they could enforce the rules that are already on the books about how fast pitchers have to go, but they don't wanna

@john

That's only part of the problem. If batters stayed in the frickin box instead of going walkabout after every pitch, things would clip right along.

@PostMasterGeneral that's the same rule, though. the pitcher has no obligation to wait for the batter to step back in the box unless the batter has requested permission from the umpire and the umpire has granted it

@john

They should start imposing limits on how often batters can call time.

@PostMasterGeneral umpires already have zero obligation to grant a request for "time," batters just always assume it will be granted and umpires allow them to get away with it.

the unwritten "rules" of baseball have more force than the gd written rules.

@PostMasterGeneral i mean, fair, it's their fault. they are responsible for enforcing the rules, and they are not doing that.

@john @PostMasterGeneral hmmm. Too bad the strike zone is relative to the batter (I think?) otherwise impatient pitchers could just strike out batters who are taking too long.

@stelepami @PostMasterGeneral according to the rules, if a batter is illegally outside of the batter's box when the pitcher begins his windup, a strike may be called

@john @PostMasterGeneral so, if I'm understanding this right, all this slowdown is the ump's fault for allowing the batters time to faff about? Otherwise the pitchers could just throw strikes while the batters walked about outside of the box?

@stelepami @PostMasterGeneral yes, they should be warning the batters that they are stepping out illegally

@stelepami @PostMasterGeneral one could also blame the pitcher for voluntarily waiting for the batter to reset, but THIS is the rule most commonly ignored by umpires

@stelepami @john

Yes! Just keep winging those balls over the plate! It's the other teams responsibility to be there when they come!

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