The comedian Fred Allen once said that a committee was “a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.” Is that the future of this committee?
Major League Baseball announced that Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig has conducted a conference call with a new committee that will study the issue of pace of game. The goals of the committee will focus on decreasing time of game and improving the overall pace of play in the 2015 regular season and beyond.
The committee will be chaired by Braves president John Schuerholz. Who, it should be noted, chaired the committee which came up with the replay rules. The most notable aspect of which was the creation of the manager challenge which no one thought was a good idea before the committee started meeting. So I think it’s safe to beware of Major League Baseball’s penchant for gimmicks to slip into this process too.
As long as gimmicks can be avoided, however, this should be a good exercise. As we’ve noted on several occasions, there are multiple ways in which the pace of play could be increased without creating unnecessary new rules or fundamentally changing the game. As long as the mandate of the committee is to start small and go slowly, this can be a good thing.