Brent Mayne: Pitchers need to work faster

The following was taken from former Royals catcher Brent Mayne’s blog:

Here’s a question for you. From 2003 to 2009, can you guess who the five quickest working pitchers were? Just five schleprocks named Greg Maddux, Mark Buehrle, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Jake Peavy. I’m might be crazy, but I’ll take that starting staff. Once again, let me reiterate that working quickly works . . . Pitchers who work quickly are more effective. The defensive players behind a fast working pitcher are more consistent. Hitters facing a quick pitcher are less effective. Girlfriends of pitchers who pitch quickly are happier. Short games are a thing of beauty.

As a fan, I can tell you that nothing puts me to sleep faster than a 4-hour baseball game (unless it’s a slug fest).  I remember as a kid in the 60’s and 70’s when games averaged about 2 1/2 hours.  You could get through a Sunday double header at Yankee Stadium with a 1:00 starting time by 6 or 6:30.  Night games during the week started at 8:00 and you could watch the whole game on WPIX and still get up in time for work in the morning. 

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not one of those guys who thinks everything was better in “the old days”.  I mean, in those pre-internet days you’d have no idea what the rest of the league did until the next morning’s paper came out, and you’d have to wait for the afternoon edition to read about the west coast games.  So, things are definitely better now.  I, like Brent Mayne, just wish pitchers would move things along a little bit.

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