A new rule will come into effect when San Francisco Giants fans settle into AT&T Park in 2017. According to Reports, MLB has Finalized the intentional walk rule for this year.
It will be a new site for San Francisco Giants fans this year. With a wave of his hand, Bruce Bochy will be instigating intentional walks from the dugout. Here is the pace of play rules you’ve all been waiting for!
As supreme leader of the MLB, Rob Manfred, attempts to make a nine inning game go at the pace of two thirteen year olds playing a nine inning game on MLB the Show, this is just not one of the rules to get up in arms about. Maybe we should just pick our battles here?
This isn’t as revolutionary, or potentially game changing as something like a pitch clock. And even then, that’s not as crazy as putting a guy on second to start at the top of the 10th inning to hit the fast-forward button through extra innings. Folks, be real here. This borderline changes nothing.
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The runner still goes to first. The situation stays the same. And honestly, the pitcher doesn’t get any added arm life. If a pitcher was taxing himself by throwing four pitches at 65 mph to a giant man standing 10 feet off the plate was taxing, they shouldn’t be in the big leagues. Most of all? This really isn’t going to speed things up!
Ryan Spaeder, a reporter and statistician for Sporting News brought up this stat on twitter:
1.5 pitches, and maybe on average, a total of 15-30 seconds? It really doesn’t matter that much so lets not get bent out of shape anymore, ok? Our time and energy should be really spent on trying to predict how Bochy is going to signal an intentional walk. Here are some ideas I’ve come up with so far:
- A giant sign
- Jump up and down, wave his arms
- Just shout and scream “Walk” from the dugout
- Simply walk to the top step and point to first
The best one so far, was so good that I wouldn’t feel right taking credit for it. This guy? This guy has it right:
Oh yeah folks. We’re talking an NFL Style Challenge flag, but a rubber chicken. Fitting. Especially in San Francisco. Barry Bonds might have to be brought in as the full-time chicken thrower. Anyways, DON’T GET WORKED UP OVER THIS. It’s really not worth your energy.