Adam Dunn will be riding the pine for a while

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The other day Brett Ballantini of CSNChicago.com reported that Ozzie Guillen was going to sit down with Adam Dunn sometime soon and discuss a reduced role for the big guy down the stretch.  It seems now that the conversation has been had. Here’s Ozzie Guillen via the Associated Press:

“I don’t know yet. I talked to him we had a little chat. It went nice. He understood my point, I understood his point. Obviously I’m going to (play) the guys that swing the bat good but are you’re going to see him? I can’t say no because he will play some day.”

Dunn has sat for two straight games and there is likely a lot more bench in his immediate future. As Ballantini reported, Dunn pretty much knows the score. He’s hitting .163/.290/.289 in perhaps the worst fall-off-a-cliff season for an elite hitter in living memory.  He’s never complained about much in his career, so he’s not likely to start now.

And hey, there are only three more years and $44 million left on that deal, so there’s that.

Pitch clock cut minor league games by 25 minutes to 2:38

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NEW YORK — Use of pitch clocks cut the average time of minor league games by 25 minutes this year, a reduction Major League Baseball hopes is replicated when the devices are installed in the big leagues next season.

The average time of minor league games dropped to 2 hours, 38 minutes in the season that ended Wednesday, according to the commissioner’s office. That was down from 3:03 during the 2021 season.

Clocks at Triple-A were set at 14 seconds with no runners on base and 19 with runners. At lower levels, the clocks were at 18 seconds with runners.

Big league nine-inning games are averaging 3:04 this season.

MLB announced on Sept. 9 that clocks will be introduced in the major leagues next year at 15 seconds with no runners and 20 seconds with runners, a decision opposed by the players’ association.

Pitchers are penalized a ball for violating the clock. In the minors, violations decreased from an average of 1.73 per game in the second week to 0.41 in week 24.

There will be a limit of two pickoff attempts or stepoffs per plate appearance, a rule that also was part of the minor league experiment this season. A third pickoff throw that is not successful would result in a balk.

Stolen bases increased to an average of 2.81 per game from 2.23 in the minors this year and the success rate rose to 78% from 68%.

Many offensive measurements were relatively stable: runs per team per game increased to 5.13 from 5.11 and batting average to .249 from .247.

Plate appearances resulting in home runs dropped to 2.7% from 2.8%, strikeouts declined to 24.4% from 25.4% and walks rose to 10.5% from 10.2%. Hit batters remained at 1.6%.