Report: Phillies complained to MLB about home pitch clock being too fast
After stolen signs and juiced balls, Major League Baseball's latest controversy could be fast clocks.
Philadelphia Phillies players say the pitch clock at Citizens Bank Park is the fastest in MLB, and the team informed the league office of its concern over a month ago, according to The Athletic's Matt Gelb.
MLB then reportedly told the Phillies that it detected some inconsistencies and would address them. Players remain unconvinced that the issue has been dealt with, though.
"It just seems a lot faster, you know?" right-hander Taijuan Walker said. "You just got the ball, and you look up, and there's only 10 seconds left."
Walker, veteran infielder Josh Harrison, left-hander Matt Strahm, and pitching coach Caleb Cotham all called the Citizen Bank Park clock "the fastest."
"I think the pitch clock was a little too fast, though," ace Aaron Nola said. "It seems to be that way when we get back home."
Data appears to corroborate the player's feelings, with games at Citizens Bank Park averaging close to one clock violation. The next closest stadiums - the Miami Marlins' loanDepot Park and Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field - average roughly 0.8, according to data retrieved by STATS Perform for The Athletic.
MLB said in a statement that it's tracking data pertaining to new rules and hasn't found any concerning trends.
Pitch clocks in each stadium are operated by a rotating crew of field timing coordinators that MLB directly hires and trains.