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New MLB Pace-Of-Game Rules Are Working

Under MLB's new pace-of-play rules, batters must remain in the batter's box during at bats. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Under MLB's new pace-of-play rules, batters must remain in the batter's box during at bats. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The new pace-of-game rules put in place by Major League Baseball are making an impact: MLB reports eight minutes have been cut from the average game time.

The rules, announced by new MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., include:

  1. Players must remain in the batter's box during the duration of an at-bat.
  2. Timed breaks between innings and pitching changes.
  3. Managers can remain in the dugout when making an instant-replay challenge.

Deadspin calculated 13.5 days worth of total time will be saved thanks to the new rules. In November, Only A Game reported on efforts across pro sports leagues to shorten games.

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