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Cardinals’ Willson Contreras Got Burned by the Pitch Clock in the Most Brutal Way

Sports Illustrated 3/21/2023 Andy Nesbitt

This was a weird way to strike out.

The start of the 2023 Major League Baseball season is quickly approaching, which means players in spring training still have some time to not only get themselves ready for the real games, but also to get more used to the many new rules that will be put in play this year

One of those rules is the pitch clock - pitchers have 15 seconds between pitches with nobody on base and 20 seconds with somebody on base. Batters must be ready to go at the eight-second mark or they will get called for an automatic strike. 

The Cardinals’ Willson Contreras got a tough pitch clock lesson during a game on Monday when he was ruled not ready by that eight-second mark and received a strike, which was the third strike in his at-bat and sent him back to the dugout. 

Here’s how it played out: 

Yeah, this is going to take some time to get used to. 

MLB fans had reactions: 

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