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There will be stiffer penalties for slow play in the new CBA

Dec 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

Here’s an extended version of that AP story I linked this morning on some of the new details of the collective bargaining agreement. Here’s a fun one, highlighted by Alex Speier of WEEI:

The report says that slow-moving hitters and pitchers can be fined up to $10,000 for a sixth pace-of-game violation and beyond.

As Speier notes, Red Sox pitchers Jonathan Papelbon and Josh Beckett, were fined last year.  Fun stuff in there about how Bobby Valentine, in his role of ESPN analyst, was critical of Beckett for his slow play last season. Seems like Valentine is going to back off a bit now that he, you know, is the manager.

And really, I don’t think $10,000 is going to change Beckett’s approach any if he truly thinks that that’s what makes him effective.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    So Yankees/Red Sox games will be fined about 17 billion dollars each. Interesting way of MLB generating revenue!

  2. dowhatifeellike - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Even if it shaves 20 minutes off, it still won’t make Yankees-Red Sox games watchable.

  3. hittfamily - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    $10,000? That’s some serious beer money.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      And maybe a few pieces of chicken too.

      • HitsDingers - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        you just dont understand how close popeyes is to fenway

    • 18thstreet - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      “We always had beer in the clubhouse,” Phil Linz, New York Yankees, 1962-1965, quoted in “The Last Boy,” page 264.

    • cal2005 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      They should use it to buy beer for the fans at the game to make the slow play more tolerable.

  4. djpostl - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    “And really, I don’t think $10,000 is going to change Beckett’s approach any if he truly thinks that that’s what makes him effective.”

    Um, if he just gets tagged for that once a start it’s over 300k. If he gets tagged for every time he does it past the sixth one (and I interpret that as it could be for each PITCH he goes over the time limit on after that) it could be upwards of 100k per start.

    I think that will get his attention.

    • mornelithe - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Yeah, it entirely depends on how the rule is enforced.

      • dwrek5 - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        This was my thought. Its always been a rule, ENFORCE IT!

  5. joshftw - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    So that’s another few million the Red Sox are going to be out this year thanks to Beckett.

  6. Kyle - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Whether it manages to change the behavior a slower players, I’ll still feel somewhat satisfied knowing it’s hurting their wallet somewhat.

  7. 12strikes - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    How great another subjective call by the umpires, that always works so well.

    The only way for this to work is for the league office to watch each game, and have a stop watch for the time between each pitch. If it goes more then “x” seconds then either the pitcher or batter is fined. Obvious exceptions if something else is happening between the pitches.

  8. bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I can’t wait to see Valentine expose himself as a hypocrite next season once his pitchers get fined for this.

    • Pierre Cruzatte - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      Meh. To be hypocritical about it, he’d have to go out there and be slow himself. You can’t think any less of him for standing up for his (newfound) players.

      • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        Do you even read the article before you post?

        Read this:

        “Fun stuff in there about how Bobby Valentine, in his role of ESPN analyst, was critical of Beckett for his slow play last season”

        Hence the “hypocritical” nature if he defends his guy next season. Capishe?

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Still not as effective as calling a ball/strike on the offending party. These guys can afford plenty of dollars. Let’s hit them where it really hurts…their stats.

    Beckett would have an OBP against of something like .750 if the umpire called a ball after 12 seconds every time. Or imagine a hitter like Nomar having a trike called against him while he was futzing with his batting glove velcro.

    • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      Love the flashback to NOCD-mar Garciaparra. LOL

  10. BrownsTown - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I see a picture of Josh Beckett. Does the new CBA fine players for being fat?

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