BASEBALL: It’s All About the Length

BASEBALL: It’s All About the Length

(By Baxie) In this world of on-demand entertainment choices, fast food, and the instantaneous gathering of information on the inter-tubes, we have become a remarkably impatient society.  I don’t want wait around for the guy at Starbucks to steam my fat-free soy milk.  We don’t want to wait around for the waitress to deliver my Fishamajig.  I don’t even like waiting around for next week’s episode of “Say yes to the Dress”.  We all want everything now. And we want it over with quickly….like baseball.  Lord Jesus, who has the time?

As you many know, baseball has been considering news ways in which to speed up the game, to pick up the pace, and the eliminate the cumbersome delays that give baseball is glacier-like reputation. Everybody would like to see a faster game.  Everybody, except the players union which categorically rejected a proposal to institute a new 20-second pitch clock. The proposal is also calling for a reduction in the number of visits they’ll allow to the pitcher’s mound. There may also be a 30-second time limit between batters. And yet, despite the Union’s refusal to embrace these changes, it looks like Commissioner Rob Manfred is going to make these changes anyway. It’s as if the commissioner is saying “Screw you, organized labor. I’m the one who’s in charge over here!”

In my opinion, the whole concept of game-length is a disingenuous ruse perpetrated by a dishonest contingent of anti-baseball fanatics. Here’s why.  The average length of a Major League game is currently 3 hours and 5 minutes and 11 seconds.  Do you know how long it takes to complete a game in the NFL? It takes approximately three hours and twelve minutes. That’s seven minutes longer than your average baseball game. In auto racing the average race in the Sprint Cup series can last you three hours and fifteen minutes. Only basketball and hockey can get you out of there in less than 2 ½ hours.  And yet, baseball is the one that take too long to play?!?  It’s a bogus argument!  The truth is that there’s really no need to change anything…other than the fascists and Fake News sources that keep complaining about it.

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