Baseball: Test Of Time.

PHOENIX - APRIL 29:  Starter Doug Davis #49 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on April 29, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 10-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Tim TwymanContributor IApril 30, 2009

Time anyone? Have you recently been to a Major League or Minor League Baseball game? How about a college baseball game? High school baseball game? Little League baseball game?

Did you have time on your hands to go? In an absolute world, baseball is proven against time.

It is the only team game that doesn't have a time clock. No worries about the end of the first half, or quarter. No shot clock. Can you imagine a pitcher having to get off his next pitch within a certain period of time or there was an infraction of some sort. How about the batter having to get into the batters box before a shot clock expired?

Baseball has proven against time. It is the grand old game, our national past time. No worries about what time the game will end. When it's over, it's over. It may be a pitchers duel that lasts only a couple of hours or it may be an extra inning affair that goes into the wee hours of the morning. No one cares how long it takes.

The batter adjusting his batting gloves, the pitcher picking up the rosin bag, a stroll over to the pitcher's mound by a fellow infielder to talk strategy and the ball being tossed around the infield as an out has just been made. These are just a few of the nuances that take place during a single baseball game.

The funny thing is, this takes place at any level of competition. Only the ages, faces, towns, cities and teams take the stage. Baseball does not need a time clock, nor will it ever need one. It is fine just as it is. If there is ever a clock used in baseball, it will be the one that everyone looks back on to see how baseball has progressed through the ages and will continue into the future.

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