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The SEC is putting a clock on the field

May 26, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

Watchmen Clock.jpgIn an effort to speed up ballgames in their upcoming tournament, the Southeastern Conference is going to start timing how long it takes pitchers to deliver the ball.

That’s not news, because after all, the rules of baseball provide for such a thing. The difference here is that the SEC is going to use an actual on-the-field clock:

A clock mounted below the outfield video board at Regions Park in
Hoover, Ala., will show the seconds ticking down. An umpire not on the
field will operate the clock.

“If I feel like I’m going slow, I guess I will look up
there and see,” Vanderbilt pitcher Chase Reid said. “It’s going to be
like being a quarterback.”

Leave it to the SEC to make baseball more like football.  Oh, and Mr. Reid, if you’re going to be an SEC quarterback, I think that you’re required by law to change your name to “Trent.”

  1. David Burden - May 26, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    When I read this headline, I figured the Securities and Exchange Commission was using the government’s bailout shares to get some free advertising at Citi Field.

  2. SouthofHeaven - May 26, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Is that the Watchmen doomsday clock? Sick!!!

  3. JBerardi - May 26, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Outstanding. When I am king, baseball will have a clock like this at ever level, and it will be calibrated to Buehrle-speed.

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