MLB Commissioner Manfred wants to speed up baseball's slow pace as the average time of a nine-inning game lasted three hours last season, an increase of four minutes from 2015. Manfred wants a :20 limit between pitches awarding the batter a ball if violated, but only when the bases are empty. Presently :24 is the average. The players union has steadfastly opposed a pitch clock fearing arm fatigue and possible injury shortening careers.
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