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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Thinking of Ways to Game the Pitch Clock

The 2023 MLB season will be unlike any other in the league’s history. Starting this season, three new rules will be implemented and will be an adjustment period for everyone involved.

The three new rules are restrictions on defensive shifts, larger bases, and a new pitch timer. The pitch timer seems to grab the most attention already. A pitcher has 15 seconds to throw a pitch whenever there is no one on the base and if a player is on base, that time increases to 20 seconds.

All these rules are in place to speed up the pace of the game and lower the risk of injury. Future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw spoke to OC Registers Bill Plunkett after pitching in a B game at Camelback Ranch. He shared that he’s already finding ways to “scheme” the pitch clock.

Kershaw has a routine as many pitchers do, so it’ll be interesting to see how he’ll change it or if he’ll change it at all.

Dodgers beat writer Jack Harris shared how Kershaw did in the B game that was without a pitch clock.

The pitch clock has done its job, and games have finished in an average of fewer than three hours. One of the other main reasons is to cut out time when the pitcher is holding the ball for long stretches of time or when the batter is standing outside of the batter’s box while taking time away from the game.

Pitchers and batters have a tough task ahead of them, but like everything else, it takes time to adjust, and ultimately, the pitch clock won’t be an issue.

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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