Games are still way too slow, both in pace of play and length.
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 8:05pm, Fenway Park
Attendance: 33,198, Time of Game: 3:52
Yankees 8, Red Sox 5
My previous post:
Pace of play improvement policy abandoned? Sunday, May 3, 2015 7:53 AM
Virtually every batter still delays after virtually pitch. Then the pitchers go into their act. Hanley Ramirez was adjusting his batting gloves after each pitch yesterday, even if he merely took the pitch. Batters don't do that during batting practice, nor do they step out of the box. Why? Because it's unnecessary and it ruins their rhythm.
Length of game is related but different from pace of play, which is much more important. That's obvious. And while it's good that games are being completed in less time, is it a big improvement for a Yankee - Red Sox game to go from 3:58 to 3:50? Who would even notice? ...
What a mess. Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, could not even do this. What a joke.
I pretty much nailed it.
Two hours, 36 minutes for the greatest game of all time: Pirates 10, Yankees 9. Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Let's throw game seven of the 1960 World Series into the mix from yesterday's post.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Four hours, 46 minutes for eleven innings. That's entertainment? ...
For more context, that 1960 WS game had only five walks and no strike outs. NO STRIKE OUTS! That's one of the reasons I consider it the greatest game of all time. Walks and strike outs increase the number of pitches, which, of course, increases the time.