The pitch clock hasn’t been in the Major Leagues for even a month and there are already so many mixed reviews surrounding the new rule. It seems like right next to the banning of defensive shifts, this is the change that will spark the most criticism in the 2023 season. Our very own Boys in Blue have had to grow up fast and play with the new ticking time bomb in Spring Training.
Miguel Rojas has been vocal about it not being fair for hitters like himself while starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias have tried different methods to get accustomed to it. All-Star Freddie Freeman has been one of the few on the team that isn’t too stressed about how it will change his style of play.
One of the more seasoned players on LA, catcher Austin Barnes, joined Dodger Nation’s Doug McKain for an exclusive interview. He is on the receiving end of missed swings and has to react much quicker with pitches flying in more often.
“It’s a little different. The pace is a little quicker, trying to get accustomed to that a little. Just trying to get my feet underneath and start rolling a little bit,” said Barnes. “It’s a little bit different and it’s a little bit quicker and guys feels like there needs to be a little little period of just getting used to it. I looked up one time and it was like, ‘oh s***, eight seconds left.’ So it’s gonna be a little bit of adjustment.”
The whole point of the MLB implementing the pitch clock was to speed up games and provide more action with less gaps in between plays. It looks like they are succeeding so far with that and we can only hope that our Dodgers continue to adjust and hopefully thrive under this faster style of baseball.
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