Mariners poke fun at new pace-of-play rule in entertaining ad

The Seattle Mariners might be in the midst of the longest postseason drought in any of the four major professional sports, but at least we can count on them to produce quality television ads every spring. That trend continued on Wednesday when the team released its newest batch of entertaining ads for the 2018 season.

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One ad that definitely stood out saw the Mariners having a little fun with one of Major League Baseball’s new pace-of-play rules.

As most baseball fans are well aware of by now, the league is limiting teams to six pitching mound visits per game. That includes visits from managers, coaches, catchers and other fielders.

Teams will have to be wiser — and perhaps a little more creative — about how those visits are used, and the Mariners are suggesting that opponents not waste any of those precious visits while preparing to face All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano.

Well done, Mariners. Well done.

In addition to having some fun with Commissioner Rob Manfred’s attempts to speed up the game, the ad doubles as a pretty solid troll job of the Texas Rangers. That seems to have been a theme this year.

The Mariners have been producing memorable ads for as far back as we can remember. They seem to get better every year, and this year is no exception.

Here’s one more gem to prove it.

Many teams have tried to match the Mariners excellence, but none have come close to sustaining it.

Our hats are off to you, Mariners marketing team.

The Seattle Mariners had some fun with MLB’s new pace-of-play rules in an ad starring Robinson Cano. (Mariners)
The Seattle Mariners had some fun with MLB’s new pace-of-play rules in an ad starring Robinson Cano. (Mariners)

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