Jonathan Papelbon has his own solution on how to fix time of games. (Getty Images)

Jonathan Papelbon on time of games: 'You can't win an Academy Award for an hour and 10 minute movie'

Rob Bradford
March 16, 2015 - 7:09 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon is well aware of how he is perceived. Whenever the time of game controversy comes up, he is one of the pitchers who is identified as one of the chief culprits in slowing the games down. And lately, as the Phillies closer has been reminded, there has been a lot of talk on the subject. "As soon as this happens [former Red Sox bullpen coach] Gary Tuck calls me up and he says, 'I just got off the phone with Joe Torre and we're going to implement the Jonathan Papelbon Rule his year,'" said Papelbon of Major League Baseball's new rule changes. "He said, 'We're going to have clocks, and batters box rules, and this and that.'" Papelbon has learned to alter his approach, adhering to the league's quest to hurry things up. But he also offers his own solution to the problem. "It's a game of adjustments," Papelbon explained. "I've been able to make adjustments. I haven't struggled with adjustments. But its' not going to effect the way I pitch. I just think, and I know I'm a pitcher saying this, if you want to speed the game up, tell the umpire to raise their right hand more. There are other ways to do it other than trying to get in the way of the game. There's a reason why there's never been a time clock on this game." While Papelbon has tried to hurry things up, he certainly hasn't been one who has seen the need for shorter games. In 2010 he offered this explanation: "'€œHave you ever gone to watch a movie and thought, '€˜Man, this movie is so good I wish it would have never ended.'€™ That'€™s like a Red Sox-Yankees game. Why would you want it to end?" When reminded of the quote, the closer nodded his head, adding, "You can't win an Academy Award for an hour and 10 minute movie." To read more from Papelbon on his quest to make the Hall of Fame, click here.