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Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Fan Yu

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This thesis investigates the effect of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s pitch clock on game dynamics and potential correlation with financial success of MLB. With recent implementation of pitch clock, designed to accelerate pace by shortening time between pitches, there has been much speculation as to its influence. By conducting regression analyses on comprehensive batting and pitching data from years prior and post implementation of pitch clock, this research assesses changes to key performance metrics including Batting Average (BA), On Base Percentage (OBP), Slugging Percentage Per Per Inning Pitched (SLG), Earned Run Average (ERA), Walk plus Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP). The findings reveal a notable decrease in offensive performance metrics prior to and immediately following implementation of a pitch clock, along with an improvement in pitching efficiency just after its implementation. These indicators suggest that this change may have led to more dynamic and engaging games resulting in higher fan engagement levels. Furthermore, this thesis investigates whether shortening game durations and intensifying action align with modern sports consumption preferences, leading to higher attendance, enhanced viewership ratings and revenue gains from increased viewership or revenue streams. Through an exhaustive investigation, this study offers insight into strategic adjustments made by players and the resulting change to baseball entertainment value, exploring whether these alterations might impact on MLB financial fortunes. A major theme is improved game pace, competitive balance and marketability -- including pitch clock's potential role in reinvigorating its appeal within sports entertainment market.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.