Yanks’ mound talks slow Series, give MLB pause
All those meetings on the mound called by catcher
Posada and pals visited pitcher
MLB vice president of umpiring Mike Port said frequent mound meetings by all teams would likely be discussed by baseball officials this offseason.
“It would fall under the province of pace of game,” Port said before the
Baseball has tried speed-up rules and guidelines in recent years, with varying results. Boston closer
One trip to the mound is allowed per inning — by a manager or coach — before a pitcher must be pulled. There is no limit, however, on player-only meetings.
Sabathia wound up striking out Werth with two runners on. Perhaps the
“It’s just part of the game,” Posada said. “We want to talk with each other so we know what we’re doing.”
Plate umpire Brian Gorman clapped his hands while Posada and
The World Series opener lasted 3 hours, 27 minutes. The next three games all took exactly 3:25.
“Every pitch is a big pitch this time of year. Seriously. You want to make sure everything’s covered,” he said Sunday night.
As for making a rule limiting catchers’ trips to the mound, Eiland scoffed.
“No, don’t take three minutes between innings. You know how many times a pitcher is standing on the mound waiting for the umpire’s call to throw the first pitch?” he said.
“You can’t take away the beauty of the game,” Eiland said. “I know fans get upset and I know Major League Baseball may get upset with that. But that’s part of the game. There’s no rules against it, and I don’t see any rules changing for that. That would be ridiculous.”
Sabathia had no problem with the confabs, either.
“We were just trying to make sure we were on the right page, getting the pitches right, whatever it takes. There’s really no time limit on the game,” he said.
“We want to make sure we’re all on the same page with the game plan on how we’re going to pitch certain guys,” Eiland said. “A lot of times we change signs. Sometimes it’s a momentum-breaker. If we feel like they have the momentum we kind of want to take a little momentum timeout and stop it and regroup, and I want to make sure the pitcher’s mind is right. So a lot of things go into it.”
“Obviously,” he said, “if we’re stealing signs we would be doing better than what we’re doing right now.”