Arizona Fall League by Ethan Maricle
Let's first talk about the rules. The AFL has some great restrictions all centered around the pace of play. That has always been the biggest complaint by most "on the fence" fans. "It just takes so much time to watch a game!" The AFL regularly play 3 games a day all of them in about 2 hours 30 minutes.
Rule #1: The pitcher has to deliver the ball within 12 seconds or it is automatically called a ball.
Rule #2: There are no intentional walks. The manager simply shows 4 fingers to the umpire and the batter takes the base.
Rule #3: You only get 2 minutes 30 seconds of break between innings. If you are not in the batter's box at 2:15 then it is a strike. If the pitcher is not throwing the ball by 2:30 then it is a ball. Interesting right?
Rule #4: You have 2 minutes 30 seconds to change pitchers.
Rule #5: The catcher can only walk to the mound to talk to the pitcher 3 times during a game.
Rule #6: A batter must always have 1 foot in the batter's box at all times.
I had a long conversation over these rules with my dad and how they might apply to the Major Leagues. Do you think more people would watch or attend games if they knew what to expect regarding time? I guess that is another issue to debate along side the automatic strike zone.