MLB’s pitch clock gets great reviews on Opening Day

There are early reviews, and they’re great.

Thursday marked MLB’s opening day and the first official use of a pitch clock.

Pitchers have 15 seconds to deliver their throw if no one is on base, 20 if there is a baserunner.

The batter must be in the box and the pitcher must be alert with at least eight seconds on the clock.

Players have 30 seconds between at-bats to resume play.

The effort to speed the game seemed to work, with the Yankees and Giants completing their game at Yankee Stadium in a brisk 2:33.

“I’m about to cry over how much I love Pitch Clock,” Former MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy tweeted, “Don’t really think that people are ready for how much better baseball would be made by this.

McCarthy, a 13-year veteran who pitched for the Yankees in 2014, was not alone in his praise of the new addition to the game.


Jazz Chisholm Jr. of the Miami Marlins. Prepares to bat when the pitch clock runs.
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“The new pitch clock is incredible,” Ringer founder Bill Simmons tweeted Watching the Red Sox take on the Orioles. “Corey Kluber threw a 28-pitch first inning in 10 minutes. That wasn’t enough time to think about how shaky he looked. i love it Pitch Clock! Baseball!

Bally Sports fantasy guru Brad Evans is also on board.

“The pitch clock is one of the greatest devices ever implemented in baseball,” he wrote,

Although not everyone will agree with this.

Cubs starter Marcus Stroman entered the history books on Thursday as his third-inning pitch to Brewers slugger Christian Yelich — the first hurler to be called for a pitch clock violation — was automatically called a ball.

Giants hitter JD Davis called a strike against Yankees reliever Ron Marinaccio after taking too long to get into the box for his at-bat.

Red Sox infielder Rafael Devers became the first batter to strike out via a pitch clock violation.


ubs starting pitcher marcus stroman (0) saves against milwaukee brewers
Marcus Stroman was the first pitcher tagged for a pitch clock violation.
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Former Deadspin editor Timothy Burke pointed out that players and managers aren’t the only ones who have to adjust to the increased rate of play.

“Pitch Clock Is Wreaking Havoc on Ballpark Organists,” he tweeted,

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