Undoubtedly the most interesting part of any baseball game, the visit to the mound is as integral to baseball as the mound itself. Originating in 1975 when rebel catcher Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds trotted out to have a quick chat with pitcher Rawly Eastwick, the visit to the mound has polarized the sport of baseball.
Critics of the mound visit claim it slows down a game known for its brisk and efficient pace, while those who approve of its place in baseball say it's a great chance to share stories from the dugout as well as a great chance to rehash the events of the previous night's festivities.
While both sides continue to voice their strong feelings about the issue, no one can deny that mound visits are necessary for pitching changes and strategic mid-inning conversations.
Ahead are the top-five mound visits of all time, encompassing an era in which some of baseball's greatest action took place on a medium-sized hill of generously packed dirt.