Audio – Ask the Commish: No shot-clock for pitchers, Selig says

November 30, 2006

SeligWalt Disney studios chief Dick Cook, who was speaking at the Reuters Media Summit, had one question for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who also spoke with Reuters today.

Cook questioned why baseball games take so long. Why can’t the league introduce a basketball-style shot-clock for pitchers?

Selig acknowledged that games take too long to finish and it’s an issue the league is studying. The average Major League Baseball game took 2 hours and 48 minutes last year, he says. As a kid, Selig recalls watching pitcher Bob Buell of the former Milwaukee Braves pitch games that lasted just 1 hour and 45 minutes, start to finish.

But Selig rules out putting pitchers on a shot-clock. “It’s a game without a clock,” Selig emphasizes. “There is something timeless about it.”

“You don’t want to introduce the clock to this game … I believe we all talk to umpires over and over: ‘Tell the guy (the pitcher) to throw the damn ball.’” 

Click player below to hear Selig discuss the issue.

We started by asking him whether the game needed to be speeded up…

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