Major League Baseball has been tweaking various rules over the last few seasons. The ostensible reason is to improve the pace of play. The way I see it: Some of these rule changes, particularly the automatic intentional walk rule and the reduction in mound visits, have shaved a few seconds off game time. If MLB really wanted to improve the pace of play, they'd institute a pitch clock and enforce it. When they did that in Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, 12 to 15 minutes per game were saved. Unfortunately, that probably won't happen at least until the next round of collective bargaining, if then. Instead, MLB will institute four changes in 2020, one of which will affect the way the game is played.
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