John Farrell

John Farrell would like to see pitchers work faster, too

John Tomase
February 25, 2015 - 9:07 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hitters aren't the only ones who can speed up the pace of play in baseball. Pitchers can do their part, too, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Major League Baseball recently unveiled changes designed to speed up the pace of play, from batters keeping one foot in the box at virtually all times, to managers staying near their dugouts during challenges. "I'€™ve always subscribed to the fact that if you ingrain (the idea) into a pitcher of working fast, changing speed and throwing strikes, that'€™s a recipe for success for a number of years," Farrell said. "I think that will assure a steady flow of the game, but that'€™s not always the case and that'€™s why these changes are being implemented." One Red Sox pitcher who could stand to work a little faster is right-hander Clay Buchholz, who recently acknowledged that he wants to speed up his tempo this year. "If any part of it is on the pitcher, you'll have to step up your pace a little bit," Buchholz said. "Actually, I've been trying to work on that anyway, getting the ball and getting back on the rubber and letting the hitter determine whenever I throw the ball, instead of me lagging." Farrell described the benefits for a quick worker. "If you have a good tempo on the mound, the game should flow," Farrell said. "We recognize the TV broadcast is going to drive a lot of this with the time in between innings, but that'€™s an area we can adhere to more strictly, is make sure we start on time coming out of an inning break. "I think it needs to be given a chance to let it play out and see what happens. I'€™ve talked to a number of pitchers in the offseason when it was focused on the pitch clock. They thought, 'Why is it always us being targeted?' I think everybody is going to look upon themselves as 'Why me?' a little bit, but I think it'€™s important to let these changes take hold."

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