Now that new rules have sped up the pace of play in baseball, sports fans are wondering- are there other sports that could benefit from a speedier pace of play? According to legendary New York sportscaster Warner Wolf, making his weekly appearance on 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
“People were saying, ‘Oh, Major League Baseball games are too long,’” Wolf told Berman and Riedel. “How about golf? How many times have you seen a golfer take forever when lining up a putt? Golfers are supposed to have a forty second time limit for a warning, and then a one-stroke penalty for the second time.” Nearly always, however, this is not the case. In fact, Wolf and Berman started waxing about golfers, as well as major league batters, who were known to take an inordinately long time before they hit the ball.
Wolf did have one resounding Boo of the Week, though, regarding baseball’s faster pace of play. “Because Major League Baseball games are now running a half hour shorter, at least five teams who used to cut off beer sales after seven innings have extended beer and alcohol sales through the end of the eighth inning, giving fans only one inning before hopefully driving home safely. So, Major League Baseball’s message is clear: to heck with the fans’ safety. We’re losing too much money on beer sales.”
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