Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston also plays baseball

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Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was named the 79th winner of college football’s Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given annually to the “outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” It’s sort of like Major League Baseball’s MVP. A 19-year-old redshirt freshman, he’s the youngest recipient ever.

What HBT readers might be interested to know about Winston is that he also plays baseball. The 6-foot-4 pitcher and outfielder posted a 3.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 innings this year for FSU — one of the top college baseball programs in the country. He also had a .377 OBP. To the highlights:

Winston says he spends just seven weeks a year on baseball. Imagine if he committed to it full time.

The native of Hueytown, Alabama was a 15th-round pick of the Rangers in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.

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%.