Cedar Rapids, IA - Minor League Baseball today announced rule and procedure changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits during a game throughout Minor League Baseball. In addition, the Triple-A and Double-A levels will use a 15-second pitch clock with no runners on base.
The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, aim to reduce the number of pitchers used in extra innings and the issues created by extra innings games, including, but not limited to, shortages of pitchers in the days to follow, the use of position players as pitchers and the transferring of players between affiliates due to pitching shortages caused by extra innings games.
"We believe these changes to extra innings will enhance the fans' enjoyment of the game and will become something that the fans will look forward to on nights where the game is tied late in the contest," said Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner. "Player safety has been an area of growing concern for our partners at the Major League Baseball level, and the impact that lengthy extra innings games has on pitchers, position players and an entire organization was something that needed to be addressed."
A complete breakdown of the Pace of Play Regulations from Minor League Baseball can be found by clicking here.
The 2018 Kernels arrive in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, April 1st and your first chance to meet the new team is on Tuesday, April 3rd as part of 'Meet the Kernels Night'. The Kernels open the 2018 Midwest League season on the road at Quad Cities on Thursday, April 5th. The Kernels home opener is on Saturday, April 7th at 5:05 PM against Quad Cities.
Individual game tickets for the 2018 season go on sale Monday, March 19th at 10 AM. Tickets may be purchased in person at the stadium ticket office, over the phone by calling (319) 896-7560, or online at www.kernels.com.