Sunday's announcement that pitch clocks will be used in spring training – ostensibly as a test run for potential future use in the regular season – wasn't received warmly by Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
The former Cy Young winner expressed some opposition to the implementation of the 20-second clock on Monday, stating that he's going to pretend it doesn't even exist once Cactus League games begin.
"I'm not going to pay any attention to it," Kershaw said, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "If I go over then I go over. I'm not going to change anything I do. I'm not going (to) pay attention to it one bit. If it becomes a problem, I guess I'll have to deal with it then."
Teammate Rich Hill was even more succinct in his criticism of the clock.
"It's ridiculous," Hill told Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said Sunday that penalties for violating the clock will not be enforced during spring training while all parties get used to the rules.