Marlins get crash course on pace-of-play changes

MLB officials visit with Redmond, Hill; adjustments to begin in Thursday's Grapefruit League opener

Marlins get crash course on pace-of-play changes

JUPITER, Fla. -- With Grapefruit League action set to begin for the Marlins on Thursday, the club has been reminded that picking up the pace of games is a high Major League Baseball priority. MLB officials met with manager Mike Redmond and president of baseball operations Michael Hill this weekend to go over the changes that will be in place in 2015.

The Marlins, like the rest of the teams, will be able to practice the hurry-up measures during Spring Training games. Miami opens its Grapefruit League schedule on Thursday against St. Louis.

"It will be an adjustment, especially in between innings, for guys used to taking their time," Redmond said. "They're going to want those guys to speed it up a little bit. We'll see."

Beginning Thursday, after the third out, a clock will count down from two minutes, 25 seconds. The aim is to have the batter leading off the following frame in the batter's box with 20 seconds remaining.

"The idea is for the hitter to be in the box with 20 seconds left, so that when they come out of the commercial break to be ready for the first pitch," Redmond said.

As an organization, the Marlins will begin the process of informing the players of what is expected. Relievers will be affected on pitching changes.

"It's going to take a while for the guys to get used to it," Redmond said. "Everybody will be aware of it."

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is exploring a number of ways to speed up the action, which in turn should shorten the average length of games.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.