Major League Baseball is serious about the new rules regarding pace of play.
In its first steps of enforcement, the league office has sent letters to 10 different players who have committed infractions, according to a spokesperson for the league. While the identities of all 10 players have not yet been reported, the Miami Herald reports that one of them is Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.
The warnings continue for the next three weeks of play. Starting on May 1, infractions will carry more serious consequences. Players will be fined, with the amounts progressing with each incident for repeat offenders.
Overall, the rules have had the intended effect so far. Scott Boeck of USA Today Sports says that the changes have saved an average of 11 minutes per game. While the season is young and the sample size is relatively small, the time…
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