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I tried to watch the Mariners vs Rangers a few months ago on MLBTV.
5 Instant Replay reviews, many pitching changes, and the game lasted 3 hours and 30 minutes – and this was a 4 – 3 9 inning game.
It is not hard to figure out why games are longer in length.
Money Ball has forced every team to wear down pitchers, see as many tosses from the Starting Chuckers as humanly possible.
30 years ago, it was more of a rip it and grip it approach.
Strikeouts and Walks are at an all time high, but also are some pre-pitch rituals.
The MLB hardcore fans say I would be crazy to complain about game duration, but if is growing more difficult to watch every pitch. Just 5 years ago the average time for the NL games was around 2:40, and the AL was at 2:53.
It is almost a miracle if games can conclude within 3 hours now.
Going to the majority of Angels and Dodgers parks based on my geographic region, it is an entire day’s worth now for visiting Dodger Stadium.
Lets take out the mere fact I live in Bakersfield out of equation for a second. Even if I lived in LA, it may be a horrendous commute near either venue.
Add another 5 – 10 more minutes every contest for metal detectors ( I understand the security behind it), but it is another tack on for time elapsed.
Then when you are at the park, there is no WIFI to check how your fantasy teams are doing, and also do as much social media as possible. Yes it is still done, but not as effective if the teams were to authorize FREE WIFI, like most airports now currently have.
MLB could reinstate some implementations to speed up the matches.
How about you make the batter stand in the box at all times, If he has to step out for a second, only let them have one foot in the box?
Maybe they should introduce a 40 second clock.between pitches? Okay…..lets not go that far…
Anyways, when I do watch games on MLBTV, it is with 4 or 8 games going in the boxes, since fixating on one is boring as hell.
Some of the people say that the NFL has games just as long. I will simply say that the league is once a week to watch a game – not daily. Most of the tilts are on Sundays, where people have lots of time to dial in.
I am glad that as per job requirements here, that I have been watching the whole league as an entity – rather than focusing in one team.
Oh I have tried to watch one game at a time on my android phone or computer, and the 1st time that a commercial break is on, I am grabbing my other device, to check box scores, or navigate through my other favorite MLB Websites.
I like catching updates when there are breaks.
I also have 3 or 4 personal computers on the go at all times for other various sports and tv shows. Work is never dull.
I am a hardcore fan, and would watch the games – even if they start averaging the 4 hour mark, however I would be less likely to spend time driving to the parks to do it.
I would rather stay at home, where everything is just a click away, and I am able to not pay $6 -$10 for snacks and adult beverages.
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