Game four of the World Series gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the series.
It may have also changed the way the game is played.
The game came to a standstill in both the first and fifth innings as the Jorge Posada met with CC Sabathia multiple times. Fourteen times to be exact.
Posada and Sabathia wore out a 60-foot, 6-inch path between the mound and home plate, including a span where they visited each other four times during one Jayson Werth at-bat.
“It’s just part of the game,” Posada told the Associated Press (AP). “We want to talk to each other so we know what we’re doing.”
Major League Baseball’s vice president of umpiring Mike Port said that frequent mound meetings will be discussed during the off-season.
“It would fall under the province of pace of game,”said Port.
Not everyone agrees with the possibility of changing the rules, including Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland.
“You can’t take away from the beauty of the game. I know fans get upset and Major League Baseball may get upset with that, but that’s just part of the game.” Eiland told the AP.
There are currently rules that apply to coaches visits to the mound, but none that limit the amount of times players can meet. A coach can visit the mound once per inning and any more visits means the pitcher must be taken out of the game. To prevent long games, MLB has tried to enforce the few rules they do have in place to dictate a quicker pace of play.
The most notable player to be penalized is Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Paplebon, who was fined a few times this season for failing to deliver a pitch in a reasonable amount of time.
Eiland has a better idea to help shorten the games. “Don’t take three minutes between innings. You know how many times a pitcher is standing on the mound waiting for the umpires call to throw the first pitch?” he said.