Nationals ace Max Scherzer had his first experience with the pitch clock on Saturday during his first Spring Training action. Major League Baseball has implemented the clock for Spring Training only and if Scherzer has his way, that’s the way it will stay.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner isn’t a fan of the pitch clock and for him the issue is not negotiable. He says the use of a pitch clock is “messing with the fabric of the game.”
“I know as players, that’s something that MLB is trying to negotiate,” said Scherzer, a newly elected member of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s executive board. “I don’t think there’s negotiation here. As players, it just shouldn’t be in the game. Having a pitch clock, if you have ball-strike implications, that’s messing with the fabric of the game. There’s no clock in baseball, and there’s no clock in baseball for a reason.”
He’s not wrong. The changes Major League Baseball is thinking about making to the game are supposed to attract new fans.
What they don’t seem to be thinking about is turning off the game’s current fans.
If they go too far with changes to the game, they might just swap one group of fans for another group. Then what?
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