DES MOINES – There will be some new technology at Principal Park for the ICubs home opener next Friday April 17th. Along with the new video board, there will also be 3 ‘pitch clocks.’
One next to each dugout and the other in right field.
The clocks are part of the new experiment in Double AA and Triple AAA to help speed up play.
Each pitcher has 20 seconds to pitch once they receive the ball from the catcher, or once they step in the circle after an out. if they don’t pitch the ball in time the batter will be rewarded a ‘ball’ in the count.
April is a grace period for the clocks, so any violation in the next 20 days will just be warnings, but after May 1 they go in to effect.