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MLB warns George Sherrill to speed things up

May 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

Dodgers’ reliever George Sherrill got a nastygram from Bob Watson over pace-of-game issues:

Dodgers reliever George Sherrill received a warning letter from MLB
vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson for taking too long to
warm up on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the D-backs . . . The letter, a warning that came without a fine, cited Sherrill for
taking 45 seconds too long to throw his eight warm-up pitches.

Sherrill treated the warning with the utmost professionalism, of course, taping it to his locker and writing “With more strikes called, the game is faster,” on the bottom.

If I was Bob Watson, I’d respond with something like “when you and your 8.00 ERA start throwing pitches near the strike zone perhaps more strikes will be called, Meat. Now speed things up, capice?

  1. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - May 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM


    Just to quibble, but it’s “capisce” for 3rd person, and “capisci” for 2nd. (for proper italian, no idea about Sicilian dialect).
    But that Bob Watson retort would be hilarious.
    Also, anyone else having problems getting the captcha to appear, or is that only me because my company still insists on using Internet Explorer 1.0?

  2. BCTF - May 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    What a moron. What does one thing have to do with the other? Did the small strike zone cause him to take more time for his warm-ups?

  3. Paul - May 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    OK, can someone finally explain how calling more strikes or enlarging the strike zone will speed anything up? Maybe temporarily, but then everyone will adjust and pitchers will just move to the edge of the new and improved strike zone and we’re back to where we started.

  4. MEA - May 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    He got a letter for taking 45 seconds too long to warm up in a ~three hour game? I think perspective is missing here.

  5. CharlieH - May 3, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    I have received notes on my desk in much the same manner, supervisors or someone else commenting on something trivial they think needs to be corrected. It’s just a little BS. Usually I just throw these memos in the trash without further thought. Why get worked up about nothing. Obviously, for the uneducated, games go by faster with more balls and less strikes called, if you really wanted to speed things up. Bob Watson should put on an umpires uniform if he wants to inject himself into the games. Otherwise, butt out.

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