In effort to speed games up, MLB now monitoring performances of batboys and batgirls


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In addition to MLB's implementation of the pitch clock for the 2023 season, the league is now monitoring the efficiency of batboys and batgirls, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported.

"New standards will be enforced for batboys and batgirls, whose ability to quickly retrieve equipment will help efforts to speed up the game, according to the memo," Passan wrote. "The league will evaluate the performances of batboys and batgirls and could ask teams to replace them if it's considered substandard."

It wasn't immediately clear how much time would be trimmed off a game with an above-average batboy or batgirl as opposed to one that the league views as "substandard."

That news came as MLB clarified its new rules in a memo, such as delaying the start of the pitch clock when a pitcher has to cover first base and finds himself away from the mound at the end of a play, ESPN reported.

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