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Sunday, July 12, 2020

MLB releases details of spring training pitch clock rules

Rob Manfred

More details are coming out on MLB’s plans for a pitch clock during spring training.

On Friday, MLB announced a 20-second pitch clock that will start when the pitcher receives the ball from the catcher. Batters will be expected in the box with five seconds left on the clock, and a pitcher must begin his delivery before the clock expires to escape potential ball-or-strike penalties.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has said previously that he would like to eventually implement a similar pitch clock for regular season games, potentially as soon as this season. Expect its use in spring training to be something of a trial run.

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