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Orioles players have mixed feelings about new intentional walk rule

Orioles players have mixed feelings about new intentional walk rule

Major League Baseball and the players union have agreed to scrap the obligatory four pitches previously required for an intentional walk and replace them with a simple hand signal that says, "On your way, buddy, nothing more to see here."

It's part of an overall MLB strategy to shorten games, but standing alone the new rule does little to help in that effort. It takes about a minute to throw those four pitches and there were only 932 intentional walks in baseball's nearly 2,500 regular-season games. So, on average, the new rule would save about 20 seconds per game.

There also are strategic implications to no longer requiring those four pitches, so the rule change was...

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