The SEC is putting a clock on the field

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Watchmen Clock.jpgIn an effort to speed up ballgames in their upcoming tournament, the Southeastern Conference is going to start timing how long it takes pitchers to deliver the ball.

That’s not news, because after all, the rules of baseball provide for such a thing. The difference here is that the SEC is going to use an actual on-the-field clock:

A clock mounted below the outfield video board at Regions Park in
Hoover, Ala., will show the seconds ticking down. An umpire not on the
field will operate the clock.

“If I feel like I’m going slow, I guess I will look up
there and see,” Vanderbilt pitcher Chase Reid said. “It’s going to be
like being a quarterback.”

Leave it to the SEC to make baseball more like football.  Oh, and Mr. Reid, if you’re going to be an SEC quarterback, I think that you’re required by law to change your name to “Trent.”

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.