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Call it teamwork.
Or just a bunch of people in various roles working toward the same goal -- trying to get the game completed as quickly as possible.
There's the manager encouraging his players to get on and off the field in a fashionable time.
There's the home plate umpire monitoring the pace of play, telling a batter to get in the batter's box and stay there, asking a pitcher to speed up his pace between pitches or breaking up unnecessarily long mound visits.
And there's the game-day staff working hard to limit between-innings promotions to 90 seconds or less.
The mindset stems from the Atlantic League's push to speed up games this season by implementing new pace-of-play rules.
The results of those rules look promising so far in numbers compiled by The York Dispatch from the first half of the 2013 season.
Atlantic League games were completed in an average of 2 hours, 54 minutes.
York Revolution home games lasted an average of 2:51, which is the second-fastest time among the eight teams in the league.
That's an improvement from last year, when York's home games finished in an average of 3:03. All of York's home and road games from the 2012 season averaged a completion time of three hours.
Those numbers include only nine-inning games. Games completed in less than nine innings or those that went into extra-innings were excluded from the calculations.
"We're very confident, just looking at the data of just enforcing the rules on the books, there is probably 10 to 15 minutes of time saved (each game) this season," Atlantic League president Peter Kirk said. "And we now have the makings of a really good database that we can cross-reference moving forward."
Goal: Kirk has been the main league official pushing for games to be completed faster this season. The goal behind this initiative, according to Kirk, is so fans can attend a game in a reasonable amount of time and go home knowing the final score.
"Fans shouldn't have to check the paper the next morning to find out the final score," he said.
Kirk's ultimate goal would be for games to be completed in 2:45, but he's glad to see the league is making progress.
Plus, he said Major League Baseball officials have been paying close attention to the Atlantic League's new pace-of-game rules. That's likely because MLB has struggled in this area over the years.
According to a FoxSports.com report earlier this year, the average time of an MLB game went from about 2:30 in the 1970s, to 2:57 from 2000 to 2009 to a record three hours last year.
Rules: Among the new pace-of-game rules introduced this year in the Atlantic League, there are four in particular that players and game-day staff have had to pay close attention to.
---First, a pitcher has 12 seconds to deliver his next pitch from the moment he receives the ball.
---Only 90 seconds can pass between each half-inning from the moment of the third out to the moment of the next pitch in the following half-inning.
---If a game takes longer than 2:45 to complete, managers and general managers of the teams involved and the umpires of that game must fill out a report explaining why.
"We actually send a report within our staff every day," York Revolution president and general manager Eric Menzer said. "(Revs' assistant general manager) John (Gibson) has been sending out daily (reports) on the number of pitching changes, mound visits and game times every day. The very fact we send those emails every day gets you in the habit of noticing what things we can do to speed up the games."
---Umpires have been instructed to call the "high strike," a pitch that passes over the plate at the player's chest, something Kirk said umpires have strayed away from calling over the years.
The number of walks or strikeouts hasn't changed much despite this rule being enforced. Games this season are averaging 6.5 strikeouts and 3.1 walks, compared to an average of 6.5 strikeouts and 3.4 walks in the previous three seasons combined.
Setting the tone: Menzer said he and the Revs' game-day staff constantly talk about ways to improve between-innings promotions to abide by the 90-second rule. Plus, he said Revs' manager Mark Mason has done a good job of embracing the mentality to speed up the games.
"First of all, it's Mark setting a tone with the team and those guys not screwing around on the field," Menzer said. "I think that noticeably has improved with Mark having bought into it (speeding up games). On our side, we're making sure all of our promotions are timed at 90 seconds. Still, that's doesn't mean things don't go wrong."
While he's pleased with the results to this point, Kirk believes there's still room for improvement. Like many things, though, he feels changes don't happen overnight, especially when it comes to the sport of baseball.
"Baseball doesn't do change quickly," he said. "But baseball will. In its own slow way, baseball will give the fans what they want. Ultimately, this game is about the fans."
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.