My colleague Justin Jackson brought up a point this week about the continuing efforts to make games, especially baseball, faster.\r\n\r\nClocks have been added at the college level to center field walls that force pitchers to throw within 15 seconds. In the Major Leagues, a 12-second clock begins when the pitcher receives the ball back from the catcher with no runners on base.\r\n\r\nTeams are now given six mound visits to try and cut down on catchers running to his pitcher after every other pitch to make sure both are on the same page. Once those six visits are up, the only time anyone can visit the mound is during a pitching change.\r\n\r\nThe beauty of baseball, unlike other sports, is that time isn\u2019t a determining factor. The players decide it on the field when the game comes to an end.\r\n\r\nWith all of the talk about \u201cpace of play,\u201d clocks and other limitations are being added to help appease the younger audience and bring in new viewers. While baseball should do everything it can to bring in a new fans every season, changing the way the game is played shouldn\u2019t be one of them.\r\n\r\nTime is not the only thing being discussed to change in baseball. Another critique from casual fans is that the regular season is just too damn long.\r\n\r\n\u201cYou really expect us to watch 162 games? There\u2019s no way I can keep up with that.\u201d\r\n\r\nChicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stoked the fire Tuesday when he said they play \u201ctoo much baseball.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cYes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game for the money or do we love this game? I know it\u2019s both, but in the long run it will make everything better,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nRizzo hasn\u2019t played in two weeks because of lower-back stiffness. His main argument is that the season begins too early and teams are forced to play in cold weather. So far this season, nearly 30 games have been postponed because of rain, snow or cold.\r\n\r\nThe weather is a problem that no one can control, and Rizzo has a good point that starting the season in May would alleviate some of these issues.\r\n\r\nHowever, shortening the season for the sake of \u201cit\u2019s just too long\u201d doesn\u2019t make any sense to me. Like Justin said when talking about pace of play, \u201cIn its truest form, sports are still our escape into a world where there is supposed to be no more political scandal, sickness or money problems.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhy would we want less of something we love? The MLB season in itself is a journey, beginning in the cold of March, going through the high heat of summer and ending in the cold of fall. That\u2019s the beauty of it.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ll never understand why those who are already fans of the game want less of it. If you think baseball in April is meaningless \u2014 which is wrong since games in April count as much as those in September \u2014 then don\u2019t watch it.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t try and take away something from those who actually do enjoy watching baseball for six-straight months.\r\n\r\nNew fans would still think 142 games is too long, so argument about drawing them in is nonsense.\u00a0 Shortening the season by 20 games will not make little Johnny all of a sudden flip on MLB Network.\r\n\r\nJust stop messing with baseball. It\u2019s one of the most pure games we still have.