“Stoking The Fire Segment” – MLB Games Are Too Long But Fantasy Baseball Is a Godsend!

More and more fans are accessing the MLB from their own personal phones these days.  Here is the problem. With games going too long, people lose interest in a real hurry - and especially just the casual fan..

More and more fans are accessing the MLB from their own personal phones these days. Here is the problem. With games going too long, people lose interest in a real hurry – and especially just the casual fan..

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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.

There is nothing like watching a game live in person.  Unfortunately with  a lot of the cities having horrible traffic around the parks, it can add to the time spent out in one day.  Again, I can live with that.  It is the time wasted on the ball field (in between pitches) I could do without.  I love that the game has no clock, yet where is the directive from the umps to speed up the game?

There is nothing like watching a game live in person. Unfortunately with a lot of the cities having horrible traffic around the parks, it can add to the time spent out in one day. Again, I can live with that. It is the time wasted on the ball field (in between pitches) I could do without. I love that the game has no clock, yet where is the directive from the umps to speed up the game? Walks, Strikeouts on the rise mean more pitches thrown in the games, Video replays and lengthy Network Television delays also factor in to.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to stay for full games.  Extra inning affairs like the 19 Inning games we saw over the weekend are running 6+ hours long.  I know there has to be a winner and loser, but man that is a tough negotiation to stay involved in if you are a fan of the team.

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.

Fantasy Baseball is gaining tonnes of traction among sports gamblers in the world. There is no coincidence that the biggest sole reason the NFL is the most popular sport in America is because of the gambling factor.  Fantasy sports has enabled fans to spread out their baseball viewing habits on TV.  I have played for a few years now.  Since watching one solitary game is boring - because of wasted time, every device I watch MLB on, has 4 windows of games to watch simultaneously.

Fantasy Baseball is gaining tonnes of traction among sports gamblers in the world. There is no coincidence that the biggest sole reason the NFL is the most popular sport in America is because of the gambling factor. Fantasy sports has enabled fans to spread out their baseball viewing habits on TV. I have played for a few years now. Since watching one solitary game is boring – because of wasted time between pitches, have bought several computers to keep myself entertained.  Every device I watch MLB on, has 4 windows of games to watch simultaneously.  Not every person will go these lengths – or even play fantasy baseball to keep their entire interest.  Wake up MLB – and realize the youth generation tunes out sports that too much inactive times in action.  Speeding up the game with enforced rules can only help all facets across the board.

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.

My go to sites are baseballreference.com, hardballsportstalk.com, mlb.com, http://www.espn.com and of course http://www.mlbtraderumors.com.

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.

Nomar Garciaparra was a great professional hitter, but watching him go 'OCD' between every pitch was a little much.  MLB'ers simply have too much time in between pitches.  It would be nice if the umpires would mandate a hitter standing in the box for the entire AtBat.  If it gets any worse, I may actually advocate a 40 second clock each time the Pitcher receives the ball back.  Extreme measure - yes, but in a time where kids have A.D.D. - and too many different options, cutting down the time of games may work at reaching to the casual fan.

Nomar Garciaparra was a great professional hitter, but watching him go ‘OCD’ between every pitch was a little much. MLB’ers simply have too much time in between pitches. It would be nice if the umpires would mandate a hitter standing in the box for the entire AtBat. If it gets any worse, I may actually advocate a 40 second clock each time the Pitcher receives the ball back. Extreme measure – yes, but in a time where kids have A.D.D. – and too many different options, cutting down the time of games may work at reaching to the casual fan.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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