Video: Watch the pitch clock in action in the Arizona Fall League


As we heard earlier this month, Major League Baseball is using the Arizona Fall League to test a number of new measures to address pace-of-play. One that has understandably garnered the most attention is the pitch clock, which gives pitches 20 seconds to come to the set position to deliver a pitch or throw to a base. If the rule is violated, an automatic ball is called.

You can check out the pitch clock in action below:

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The pitch clock has been used in three Arizona Fall League games thus far. There were three violations in the first game and one in the second, but William Boor of notes that there weren’t any in last night’s 11-inning game between Salt River Rafters and Peoria Javelinas.

Obviously a larger sample of games is needed to draw significant conclusions, but here’s a look at game times with the pitch clock:

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”