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Torre speaks on pace of game

Posted on: March 9, 2011 5:16 pm
By Matt Snyder

Often maligned himself for being the manager of one of the slowest-playing teams in baseball, Joe Torre is now MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations. His duties are to oversee on-field items, so the pace of play is certainly a huge issue on his plate. Torre spoke with reporters Wednesday and covered this very subject.
"I want to look at it," Torre said. "That’s a dirty job for the umpires. In talking to the managers, that’s certainly something we’ve mentioned.

"As managers -- and this only came to me when I was part of the commissioner's committee (for on-field matters) -- we have to do our share. Have the players understand what we're trying to do. We're not trying to change guys' idiosyncracies. But we want at least them aware that it's not a punishment.

"It's just something we're trying to work on. It's a hot button for the commissioner. I don't think there's any question about it. It's a 'feel' thing at this time. I'm not trying to avoid the question. It's more, 'let's look at it.'"
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No word just yet on how many times Torre changed situational relievers during the interview. You know, to make sure each reporter was facing someone with the same strong hand.

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Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:09 am

Torre speaks on pace of game

You can't speed up the game because now baseball is all about money and what takes so long is in-between innings waiting on the commercials. I don't think a manager walking out to the mound makes or breaks a game's time.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:42 am

Torre speaks on pace of game

Dont speed baseball up. Baseball is a strech before you take a swing sport.

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 5:53 pm

Torre speaks on pace of game

I am a Yankee fan & during Torre's pestigious tenure as NYY mgr, the games were incredibly slow, and when he did come out of the dugout to change pitchers, his gait was like watching paint dry. I hope he does address this issue, like guys stepping out of the batters box, pitchers stepping off the rubber, pitching coach goes to mound, goes back, then catcher goes to chat, goes back, then mgr comes out to pull the hurler, like Freddie Fender used to sing, "wasted days and wasted nights"

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