Major League Baseball has a great article online today about the growing length of the average Baseball game. If you weren’t able to catch it, here it is (http://tinyurl.com/26e3bck). Don’t get me wrong. Nothing can compare to spending a day at the Ballpark. Nonetheless, a trip to the Ballpark is beginning to swallow up more and more of that day. An average game is running now just under three hours. That’s almost a fifth of your day. I contemplated bringing a change of clothes on my last trip to U.S. Cellular Field.
Yankees vs. Red Sox games average about three and half hours. Good job guys! We’re number one! We’re number one!
I blame the need to advertise all those Yankeeographies.
So, Bud Selig put together a committee to figure out what’s going on.
I can tell you what’s going on…
If we’re watching three hours of great baseball, that’s one thing. Watching three hours of a Batter stepping in and out of the box and a Pitcher dance around the mound after every curveball is a colossal waste of time. Isn’t the whole idea to work quickly (at least from a Starting Pitcher’s point of view)?
I’m down with the revival of the Running Game. It keeps me engaged. I’m also whole-heartedly against putting a clock on the game. You wanna clock? Go watch Football. Nevertheless, these self-indulgent habits (some of which are totally for the television camera) have got to be curtailed in some way. George Will discusses how these bad habits have trickled down to the Little League Level, so that’s where the education needs to begin. Great, so this problem should be solved in about twenty years.
Talk about efficiency.
Speaking of efficiency
Did anyone get a chance to see former Yankees Pitcher, Ted Lilly, last night lose a No Hitter in the Ninth? Lilly has truly flourished into a good dependable pitcher. The Yankees sold him down the river without really giving him a chance to develop.
At least we got a great pitcher in return. Oh wait…