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Old 10-09-2007, 11:16 AM
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Flipping back and forth b/w Bills-'Boys and the hated Spankees being shown the golf course, and I was amazed at how long these baseball games take.

I mean 5-set Wimbledon Finals with tiebreakers take less time.

Case in point...last night, I believe in the 7th inning, Cano is up. No one on base. First pitch a ball.

I flip to football. A play is run. Three replays of the play are run with Jaws giving analysis.

I flip to back to baseball to see...pitch down the middle. Count 1-1. WHAT?!?

I was gone for like 40 seconds and I miss ONE PITCH?

Flip back to football. Another play just ended. Then the analysis. The next play runs and ends with pass incomplete.

Flip back to baseball for...pitch outside. Count 2 AND FRICKIN' 1!!! Let me get this straight. No vist to the mound by catcher or coach. No umpire calling time. Two football plays = one pitch.

So now I time it. Cano takes 30 seconds...30 SECONDS...to get ready in the batter's box. Adjust the gloves. Adjust the helmet. Tap the cleats with the bat. Roll the shoulders. Adjust every orifice. Gives the ump the "talk to the hand" pose as he digs in. And then, and only then is HE ready for the pitch.

Put a ball in a batter's ear if he does that.

The ump has to move the game along. This preening is ridiculous. There's no reason that a playoff game where pitching is supposed to be better in the regular season should take 60-90 mins longer than a regular season game. I know the stakes are higher, but let's be real.

I love baseball. And I love the drama of the post season. But the NFL and NCAA tournament have baseball's a$$ kicked in the way their playoff games unfold.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:37 AM
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The beauty of baseball is that there is no clock. When your back is against the wall, trying to disrupt the opposing teams "flow" is part of the game. I thought it was a great game and I am a life-long Yankee fan.
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:14 PM
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I agree Mb, what baseball needs to do is come up with a time limit on the batters getting set, exceed the alloted time and strikes are called against you. The same goes for the pitchers, set a time limit from the time he steps on the rubber, take too long and the batter is awarded balls.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:16 AM
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Years ago the game went at a faster pace. It was not uncommon for games to come in under 2 hours, the average of all games probably was less than 2.5 hours. The umps didn't allow quite as much preening by the batters, stepping out, adjusting gloves, wrist bands, etc. Fewer pitchers used in a game with fewer warmup pitches allowed for the relievers. Commercial breaks between innings were much shorter than current ones.

Baseball games used to last about as long as it took to drink a six pack of the local lager and finished early so a good amount of sleep was possible before the next day. Now days if your liver can stand it two six packs are needed for a game. They don't start until late and you wind up with a headache the next morning for work-too much beer and too little sleep. Baseball is killing off its hard working fan base.
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It coulda been worse.....

It depends how you measure the length of the game. The longest game in terms of hours was between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers on May 9, 1984. It lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes, and the White Sox won 7-6 in the 25th inning.

The longest game by innings was on May 1, 1920 between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves and lasted 26 innings. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

If you count minor-leage baseball, the longest baseball game ever was on April 18, 1981 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game started at 8pm and was finally suspended in the 32nd inning at 4:07am. The game was resumed two months later, and was over within 18 minutes. A single drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 33rd inning.

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Gemini, interesting stats, but consider this...

If I take an average inning length and blow it out ERA-style...the Sox-Brewer game would have come in at less than 3 hours (2:55) for 9 innings. The minor league game would have come in in a little over 2:15 for 9 innings.

I could live with those durations. It's the 4:45 9 inning game that wears me out.
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"If you count minor-leage baseball, the longest baseball game ever was on April 18, 1981 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox."

I was there up until about 2:00 AM anyway. If I recall, about 15 fans stayed until they called it at 4:09, and all of them were given lifetime season tickets.

Also, I believe the Rochester catcher caught the entire game or if not all but an inning or two.
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RI Builder - 10/11/2007 2:12 PM

"If you count minor-leage baseball, the longest baseball game ever was on April 18, 1981 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox."

I was there up until about 2:00 AM anyway. If I recall, about 15 fans stayed until they called it at 4:09, and all of them were given lifetime season tickets.

Also, I believe the Rochester catcher caught the entire game or if not all but an inning or two.
NICE PICKUP, RI B!!! Way to add something to the thread.

How are those Pawsox seats of yours?
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:31 AM
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mb_24 - 10/11/2007 2:21 PM

RI Builder - 10/11/2007 2:12 PM

"If you count minor-leage baseball, the longest baseball game ever was on April 18, 1981 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox."

I was there up until about 2:00 AM anyway. If I recall, about 15 fans stayed until they called it at 4:09, and all of them were given lifetime season tickets.

Also, I believe the Rochester catcher caught the entire game or if not all but an inning or two.
NICE PICKUP, RI B!!! Way to add something to the thread.

How are those Pawsox seats of yours?
I did not make the cut of those that lasted long enough for the season tickets. My birthday is 4/21 and the game was on Saturday 04/18, my parents held my birthday party at the stadium. There was a group of us that kept begging our parents to let us stay, and then it got to a point where parents were saying "well it can not possibly go on much longer". Slowly, the group diminished and by 2:00 pretty much everyone was asleep.

I remember when they re-started the game, there was controversy because each teams roster had players available that were not even on the teams when the game started.

Got to see and meet a lot of great players that came through Pawtucket. After the games, the players used to make themselves available in the parking lot for autographs - heck back then they did not even have a "players lot" to park in.
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