Buckley: 'Dead set against' announcing count at ballpark

Buckley: 'Dead set against' announcing count at ballpark
March 12, 2014, 2:00 am
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According to baseball-reference.com, each MLB team averages 146 pitches per game.

That's 292 total pitches per game for all you Journalism majors out there.

Cool stat. Not really. Anyways, how about going to a baseball game and being reminded audibly about every . . . single . . . pitch.

The Red Sox are testing in spring training a possible new feature at Fenway Park where the public announcer calls out the count before each pitch.

Try going on a date or talking to friends while that "STRIKE, 1-1" goes "BALL, 2-1" on "STRIKE, 2-2" during your "BALL, FULL COUNT" conversation.

No thanks. Heck, half the people there don't care about what's going on, and the other half are capable of figuring out the pitch count on their own.

Mike Felger and Steve Buckley couldn't agree more. In fact, Buckley thought the initial idea was a joke.

John Lackey isn't a fan either.

"That’s a bad idea," Lackey said. "Whoever did that hasn’t been between the lines.

"For me, it’s not that big of a deal because I’m not that worried about throwing strikes. But I could foresee a situation with someone that’s struggling to throw strikes. That’s pretty much beating the guy over the head. He realized it was a ball. He doesn’t want to hear it again. That’s a bad idea."