Josh Hamilton gives up his copyright claim to “Play hard, pray harder”

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Josh Hamilton has printed up t-shirts with the slogan “Play hard, pray harder” on them for a while now. But some other guys say they did it first and they sued Hamilton over it. The other guys have prevailed. From LewPBlog.com:

Tyler Mileger began using the slogan “Play Hard Pray Harder” several  years  ago playing college golf. He  joined up with Josh Eckel to start a  Dallas-based Christian inspired sports  clothing line that gives back by  paying it forward … The suit came down to who sold over  state lines first and Hamilton’s side  eventually decided to settle with Mileger and Eckel. The two now retain control of the phrase and paperwork to get rid of the suit  in the courts has been filed.

Given Hamilton’s season he was probably due for a new slogan anyway. One which revolved around ignoring critics and coming to grips with one’s mortality and age and stuff.

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%.