Mets LH reliever Jerry Blevins was among a panel of current players who discussed MLB's new pace-of-play initiatives with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The player's union rejected the league's proposal for changes last week, and it is expected that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will implement the changes unilaterally before the season.
Among them are a 20-second pitch clock and tighter restrictions on mound visits.
Regarding the pitch clock, Blevins spoke to former-Met Daniel Murphy about times they've faced one another, and said he will never allow the pitch clock to impact a specific at-bat.
"There is no chance I would allow the clock to go out to where the balance of the at-bat shifts," Blevins said. Personally, it wouldn't affect me. And I think everybody would kind of adhere to it. But I would never want to be the one to see a game come down to something like that. And it probably will at some point if it's instituted."
"A lot of guys feel strongly about the sanctity of baseball, a pride knowing there is no clock," Blevins continued. "That's the one thing that is different from most games -- there is no running clock. It's the sanctity of the game, (with players serving as) kind of protectors for the realm of baseball for both fans and the game that we love."
Blevins also said the outcome of a game should never be determined by a potential penalty for violating the pitch clock rule. In the proposal, a first offense would result in a warning, but the second would result in a ball being called.