All depends on who's winning.
I think the average national league game of about 2:50 is about right. I have to admit I have lost any enthusiasm for instant reply on every play. I thought the NBA playoffs were ridiculous when they would review every out of bounds call in the last 5 minutes. If they reviewed every tag out play the games would definitely go to 4 hours.
Players are taking more pitches than ever before. Over a game, that adds up. Add in the modern bullpen and commercials and you are probably looking at 25 minutes right there.
Once a player steps in the box, he should not be allowed to step out until his AB is over. And the pitcher can't leave the mound until then, either.
Catcher gets 10 seconds on conference, period.
No reason for the mgr to walk to mound to pull a pitcher. Do football coaches go out to the huddle to pull a player? Do bball coaches go out on the court?
I know John McGraw did it, but a lot has changed in 90 years, why not this too?
The game is a tedious. Pretty sad when m multitasking and/or DVRing are the only ways to get through it.
Does anyone know the time between innings before TV?
I agree with other posters that the all the stepping off the mound and batter's box gets annoying.
I love to watch the Reds, but if we are behind in a game, it can get irritating to watch the visitor's half of an inning (even if the Reds are pitching well).
I would like to limit the batter to stepping out of the box twice per at bat.
If he steps out anymore than that, he gets a strike called.
Hopefully, players will then only step out at most once per at bat, and save the second time for contact lense emergency, etc.
I would like a clock on the pitcher. He is required to throw the ball within a certain time limit. I think there might actually be a rule on this, and it's just not enforced.
Pitcher takes too long, a ball is called. Maybe allow for the catcher to occcasionally visit the mound and other stuff.. but man.. I have left the room with the game on at times, because the action just totally slows down. It bothers me more than the commerical breaks.
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I think the pitching changes are big part also, which is why a reliever ought to get 2 throws only. He's already warmed up...
The game's length doesn't bother me, it is all the wasted time during the game that annoys me.
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I have no issues with the lengths of the games. I love the fact that the clock does not determine the outcome of the game. That's one reason baseball is so much better than the NBA and the NFL or that flop sport soccer where they end in draws. HUHHH!??
If this means the pitchers speed through lineups and the game ends in 2hrs; so be it. If it means the batters can't get a run across the plate in 18 innings. So be it. Maybe I am more patient than others, or it's because I roll with the punches. I just don't see any point in complaining about the time.
Being a baseball fan, you should know it is never set in time. Going to a game, you should be aware, you may not make it home in time for bed.
Longer games are more enjoyable at the ballpark. When I go to a game, I watch the actual play, converse with others, take piss breaks, walk around sometimes, enjoy BP, etc.
TV is a different story, just turn the TV off and check the box score tomorrow.
Love water cooler conversations. "Did you see Bailey's no hitter last night?!" ..."No man, I turned it off and went to bed." Then you laugh at yourself. Good memories.
OP, nice title by the way.
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Baseball has been roughly the same game for decades, that's why I love it. Baseball doesn't add three point lines or make it harder to defend a receiver... the game today is the same game Babe Ruth played.
This isn't football where physical dominance is the most important attribute for a player. Baseball requires a lot of thinking and strategy, pitcher vs batter especially. If a pitcher has to take another five seconds to get prepared to throw a pitch, I don't care. Imagine a full count, bases loaded, tied ballgame in the ninth inning. Crowd is going crazy. The pitcher is shaking off signs and then suddenly, the umpire decided the pitcher has taken too long and calls ball four. The winning run crosses the plate without a ball ever being thrown. I know this happens occasionally because of balks, but I still feel that's pretty cheap. It's supposed to be about the pitcher vs the batter and then suddenly it's about the pitcher vs the clock.
In a world that's becoming more and more fast paced every year, I don't think baseball should change its ways.