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Luis Gonzalez talks about approved, proposed rule changes to speed up baseball games

Posted at 3:21 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 18:21:14-04

Luis Gonzalez was known for giving pitchers headaches throughout his 19-year MLB career.

In an interview with ABC15's Jason Snavely, the former Arizona Diamondbacks slugger and current senior advisor to the D-backs president gave his take on proposed rule changes that could have a similar effect.

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MLB agreed to several rule changes for 2018 designed to speed up games, including limits on visits to the pitcher's mound and shorter commercial breaks. Another proposed rule change -- a clock that would limit the amount of time between pitches -- was not approved for this year but could be added in the future.

"I think it’s going to be OK," Gonzo said about the MLB's goal of creating speedier games. "It’s going to be an adjustment for a lot of people... It’s part of the new millennials that we have now. Everybody’s on times and wants to get things done quicker. We’re hoping that it’s for the better."

Another proposed rule change that could speed up games: automatically placing a runner on second base at the beginning of each extra inning played. The idea is to limit the number of games that include a significant number of extra innings. This idea will be tested in the minor leagues this season.

Gonzo is a little more hesitant about this proposal.

"I’m not so sure how that’s going to work out," he said. "If you’re the hitter and you’ve got a runner on second, it’s pretty good. If you can drive him in, it’s a quick way to do it.

"The pitcher’s probably not so excited about it, coming into a game and having a guy already standing at second base."