David Los from Pennsylvania asks:
How long does the catcher or coach have until the umpire starts out to the mound during a mound visit?
This is solely up to the home plate umpire. The umpire needs to use his or her best judgement to decide how long to give the catcher or coach before coming out to get them.
For me, if it is clear that the pitcher needs a little bit of extra coaching (e.g. if it is a youth who hasn't pitched much) or if the pitcher is rattled, I'll give the coach or catcher a little bit extra time. However, in a game with a time limit where it is clear that the coach or catcher are just trying to waste time to get closer to the limit, I will go out there very quickly to keep the game moving.
Answered by: Jonathan Bravo