Proposed Rule Could Cut Baseball Games by 14 Whole Seconds – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Major League Baseball is considering eliminating the four pitches it requires to intentionally walk a batter with the goal of making the game faster. If the proposed rule passes, games will indeed be faster. You just might not notice.

Last season, teams issued just 932 free passes in 2,427 games. The Count randomly sampled 10 of them and calculated they took 37.25 seconds on average. So when you do all the math, the net result is…

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