Matt Slocum/AP Thanks for reading The Skippers View! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work. Baseball has always been known as a sport that values tradition and history. However, in recent years, there has been a growing debate about the use of a pitch clock and illegal substances The pitch clock is a countdown timer that requires pitchers to throw a pitch within 15 seconds with the bases empty and 20 seconds with runners on base. The “sticky stuff” is used by pitchers to get a better grip and spin rate on the baseball. The team came down hard on sticky stuff in 2021, but eased back in 2022. However, new reports state they are cracking down again this season. This means we will now have the pitch clock AND sticky police on the field. Let’s talk about the pitch clock first.