We often take intentional walks for granted. Four tosses to the catcher. How hard can it be? Pretty hard, at least sometimes. Take it away, Ronald Belisario:
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One the the potential pace-of-play rule changes that was tested in the Arizona Fall League last year was that pitchers wouldn’t have to throw four pitches to issue an intentional walk. Who knows if or when that will make it to MLB, but it would rob of us moments like this. Sure, 99 times out of 100, it’s uneventful and boring. But that one keeps you on your toes. I promise the next time your favorite team’s pitcher starts his four tosses to the catcher, you are going to be more paranoid than normal.