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Baseball's 12-second rule

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by markvid, May 23, 2008.

  1. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Does anyone know when the clock actually starts?
    Batter in the box? Pitcher get ball?
    Anyone know this one for fact?
  2. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    there's a 12-second rule?
  3. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member


  4. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    If they enforce it, every pitcher in MLB will be working like Tom Browning. That's a good thing. :)
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I believe it used to be 20 seconds.

    They ought to install an NBA-style clock behind home plate, and in center field.

    Step up and pitch. Buzzer goes off, it's a ball.

    Limit each batter and pitcher to ONE 5-second time out per at-bat.

    Throw to first and the runner gets back standing up, that's a ball too.
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    That's the beauty of baseball. That there isn't a time clock like any of the other sports.

    Of course, there are always the extreme cases where batters (Mike Hargrove) or pitchers (Rafael Betancourt) that this should be enforced. But, as a general rule, it's a bad idea.
  7. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    If they could just do something about the unnecessary pitching changes during playoff games, I'd be happy.
  8. Beachey

    Beachey Member

    I remember hearing Bill Veeck wanted to install a pitch clock but MLB stopped him.
  9. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I'm pretty sure it was Betancourt and Manny Ramirez last year that I actually timed the gap between pitches. Bear in mind, it was bases empty, and I think two outs in the seventh. It was something like 59 seconds. Infuriating.
  10. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member


    "A 12-second rule. What are you talking about?"
  11. joe

    joe Active Member

    Ah, Mr. Human Rain Delay his own self.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    He did at one point, and the commissioner ordered it removed. Just because there's a rule on the books, no reason to enforce it. ::)

    Also: Eliminate ALL warmup pitches for the second and any subsequent new pitchers in any one inning. They've been throwing in the bullpen, they should be ready to go.
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