Ring: On MLB’s new pitch clock and ‘icing’ the pitcher

From Sheryl Ring at FanGraphs on February 26, 2019:

If you watch American football, you’re probably familiar with the concept of “icing the kicker.” For the uninitiated, icing the kicker is not actually the process of freezing the kicker in Carbonite, though that would probably be more fun. Instead, icing the kicker refers to the opposing team calling a time out just before the kicker is about to attempt a field goal or extra point, with the aim of disrupting the kicker’s timing or focus, and causing the kicker to miss said attempt. We saw it happen to the Chicago Bears’ Cody Parkey in the most recent NFC Wildcard game.

Why does this matter? Because a recent rule change has raised the question of whether such a tactic would work in baseball. The twenty-second pitch clock is currently being tested in spring training.

Read the full article here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/on-mlbs-new-pitch-clock-and-icing-the-pitcher/

Originally published: February 28, 2019. Last Updated: February 28, 2019.