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Friday, May 20, 2011

Length of games.

I stumbled onto the game log for the 1961 Yankees in baseball-reference.com.  The column with games times, i.e., the length of the games can be sorted.  I compared the list with that for the 2010 Yankees.

Number of games at least this long (see graph):

hours  1961 2010
1-1:59 5 1
2-2:59 140 64
3-3:59 17 88
4-:459 1 8
5-5:59 0 1

86% of Yankee games in 1961 were 2-2:59.  In 2010 that was 39.5%.

54% of Yankee games in 2010 were 3-3:59.  In 1961 that was 10.4%.

And there are more strike outs (SO) and bases on ball (BB) now:

2010 Yankee batters: 1,136 SO, 662 BB.

1961 Yankee batters: 785 SO, 543 BB.

BORING!

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