Cal Ripken Jr.

With Ripken's help, MLB and USA Baseball modify youth game to pick up the pace

With Ripken's help, MLB and USA Baseball modify youth game to pick up the pace

When Major League Baseball named former Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. as a special adviser to the comissioner in 2015, he was tasked with creating strategies and initiatives aimed at growing interest in baseball and softball at the amateur and youth levels.

And, apparently, helping speed up games.

On Tuesday, Ripken announced a new MLB and USA Baseball initiative called “Hit and Run Baseball,” a modified version of youth baseball. It picks up the pace and gets players more active with fewer innings, batters and pitches.

“When we were kids, we had a chance to be creative in how to play,” Ripken told the Associated Press during a promotional tour in New York. “There is a...

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