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Joe Maddon calls Hellickson-Buehrle match-up “The Tortoise and the Hare”

Aug 23, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

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The Rays and Blue Jays just kicked off Saturday afternoon’s contest, with Jeremy Hellickson starting for the Rays and Mark Buehrle for the Blue Jays. The two are quite different in their approaches, as Buehrle leads all starters with the shortest time between pitches, at 17.3 seconds per FanGraphs. If he had enough innings to qualify on the leaderboard, Hellickson would be dead last at 26.9 seconds.

Rays manager Joe Maddon had an interesting way to describe the match-up, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune:

  1. miguelcairo - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Why on earth is a pitcher being allowed 27 seconds between pitches by the umpire?

    • barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      It’s painful to watch and a rule that needs to be enforced.

  2. missthemexpos - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    On the other hand Buehrle is so fast that the Rays have a genuine gripe as far as the Jays call for a replay challenge early in the game(that cost the Rays a runner and an out). The batter was in the box and Buehrle was ready to pitch when the challenge was allowed to go forward, which according to the rules is too late. We will see how this works out of the Jays hang on to win as Maddon is playing the game under protest.

  3. jrocknstuff - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Olbermann pointed out the other night that MLB could easily enforce the time limit rules but opts not to because they don’t really want to shorten the length of games they just say they do to appease fans. Reason being, the longer the game the more sponsors you get to throw in there on TV, the more soda, hot dogs, shirts, hats, etc you sell. He also pointed out how every single thing from your strike zone replay to what have you is sponsored. Basically, the longer the game the more money being made by teams and the league itself. That’s why the rules that have been in the books for a long time are never enforced.

    • infieldhit - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      The commercial time would stay the same. Announcers would still have plenty of chances to get in on-air promotional stuff.

      Fans aren’t gonna buy more merch than they would’ve otherwise because the game is longer. Maybe they’ll go to the less concession less, then again, fewer fans would leave the game altogether before the game is done.

  4. corky2141 - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Burhle is the shortest but isn’t he still higher than the time allotted in the rule. Isn’t it something like 12 seconds.

    • infieldhit - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      That’s once the batter is ready. And of course, no batter is close to ready as soon as the pitcher gets the ball back.

  5. jrocknstuff - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    There is a rule in the books that says the batter needs to keep one foot in the box at all times, and another that says the umpire does not have to grant a request for time. If those were enforced, the 12 second pitch clock would go into effect.

    These aren’t my ideas, I’m just saying what Olbermann put out there a couple nights ago……with the sponsors, concessions, etc.

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