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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Don’t Care If I Ever Get Back — And I Might Not

Games averaged two hours and 56 minutes in 2011 and three hours flat in 2012. They tacked on four more minutes last year — even as runs per game fell, to 4.17 from 4.32 the year before. And games this year, with the advent of instant replay, have added another three and a half minutes on average, through Sunday.
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The pace is slowing. The average break between pitches was 21.6 seconds three years ago, 22.1 seconds two years ago and 22.6 seconds last year, according to FanGraphs. Taking into account the number of pitches per game, the slowing pace could account for five of the eight minutes tacked on to the average game between 2011 and 2013.

He also presents data showing that Yankee-Red Sox games are slower than any other matchup.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 19, 2014 at 01:29 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cblau Posted: April 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4689421)
I noticed an item in a 1913 issue of the Sporting Life today about Ban Johnson ordering the AL umpires to speed the games. Apparently it didn't work.
   2. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM (#4689429)
Bruce Weber's book on umpires claimed that modern umpires were rated on a number of factors (Questec strikezone, poise, hustle) and one of them was pace of game.
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: April 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4689430)
Bruce Weber's book on umpires claimed that modern umpires were rated on a number of factors (Questec strikezone, poise, hustle) and one of them was pace of game.

That sounds like a straight line, but I'm afraid to hear the punch line.
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 20, 2014 at 01:21 AM (#4689488)
If umpires didn't have count dependent strike zones, they'd call more ball fours and strike threes. Walks and strikeouts would go up, but pitches per PA would go down leading to a crisper paced game.

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