With all of the Opening Day hoopla, it’s likely RubberDucks fans didn’t notice what they were missing last night – the promised 20-second pitch cloaks.
Baseball promised to have the clocks at all AAA and AA games this season in an experiment to speed up the game. If the pitch isn’t made in 20 seconds, a ball would be added to the count.
But not last night. A distributor sent the wrong equipment.
“Wrong control console from what we expected and trained in,” RubberDucks director of public and media relations Adam Liberman wrote in an email during the game. “New training [Friday] and hope to use by Saturday.”
Liberman said Friday afternoon that the clocks would be ready later that night.
The clocks are supposed to be in clear view of the batter, pitcher and umpire.
The game took 3 hours, 22 minutes after a 36-minute rain delay. Of course, the 27 hits and 19 runs had something to do with the lengthy game attended by 6,808. The Ducks won 14-5.