Grapefruit League Preview (GM #1): Rays @ Twins
1. ALL CLOCK WORK
Yes, no shift will be something that coaches may need to get out of their system in the strategical aspects of the game, but these first few games will be all about clockwork for all 30 MLB teams, which includes the Tampa Bay Rays.
Expect to see an automatic ball or strike called, just like in the San Diego-Seattle game yesterday, especially on someone like Kenta Maeda, who hasn't made a start since the 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery at the end of that year, but both teams will be playing around with the clock timing throughout the spring and it is something to watch in this first game, especially for fans to get familiar with it.
There is an article up on the site that is available for fans that truly "breaks down the pitch clock and how the Rays may actually be favored with the new rules."