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Old 04-16-2014, 09:51 AM
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Angry Length of Game

Last night's game against Boston was a low-scoring, 9-inning contest. Each team scored on a solo home run, and the game winner crossed the plate on an errant throw. The teams combined for just 8 hits. So how come it took 3 hours and 36 minutes to play?

I know the Red Sox are notorious for long contests. But still, over 3 1/2 hours for a pitcher's duel? Here are a few suggestions to speed things up:

Umpires should force batters to get in the box instead of stepping out between every pitch.

Umpires should enforce the time limit pitchers have to deliver.

I know the replay system is new, but decisions need to be made quickly so as not to bog the game even more than it is already.

When a pitching change is made, the new pitcher should get 5 warmup throws. I think the limit now is 8.

Managers seem to overthink game strategy by paying a visit to the mound practically every inning in the later stages of the game (I refer to this as the LaRussa Influence). Umpires should "hurry up" the conversation.

Any other ideas or ways to speed things up would be appreciated. Over 3 1/2 hours for a low-scoring regulation game is ridiculous.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:24 AM
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I have a feeling the length of games is going to be addressed soon. I wouldn't be shocked if innings start to be cut. 7 inning games that could fit into that ideal 2:30-3 hour window makes some sense.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:31 AM
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I have a feeling the length of games is going to be addressed soon. I wouldn't be shocked if innings start to be cut. 7 inning games that could fit into that ideal 2:30-3 hour window makes some sense.
Dodger fans would only get to see 4 or 5 innings of baseball then.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:39 AM
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I have a feeling the length of games is going to be addressed soon. I wouldn't be shocked if innings start to be cut. 7 inning games that could fit into that ideal 2:30-3 hour window makes some sense.
There is a 0% chance baseball cuts innings. Zero.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:46 AM
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Rather than a warm up pitch maximum for relievers, place a time limit on the action. Three minutes from the time the manager signals the reliever until the umpire restarts play. Do what you want with that time.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:53 AM
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There is a 0% chance baseball cuts innings. Zero.
Agreed.

They have to do something about time. It should not take more than 3 hours for a regular baseball game. Need to reduce the time between pitches significantly.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:53 AM
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I wouldn't be shocked if innings start to be cut. 7 inning games that could fit into that ideal 2:30-3 hour window makes some sense.
MLB will NEVER have pony league innings games.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:16 AM
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The Challenge rule is not helping things either.
MLB needs to sit down and address the issue of long games. When a relief pitcher has warmed up and is called in the game why does he need 8 more pitches. Batters should not constantly step out of the box, PK is a prime example always messing with his glove ala Mike Hargrove. Pitchers are also guilty especially with men on base, maybe Mark Buerhle should give a class on how to pitch a game in around 2 hours.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:27 AM
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Limit mound visits and institute a pitch clock.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:40 AM
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Reducing the number of innings played makes no sense. One of the things they can do is force the batter to stay in the box, every now and then you'll see this happen when an ump refuses to grant time and the pitcher gets an automatic strike. If this happened on a wider scale, especially in the early innings or when the game is a blowout, that would help.

I like the idea of a pitch clock but I don't want their to be a clock in stadiums. There is a rule that with nobody on base a pitcher has 12 seconds from the time he is on the mound to get the sign and throw the ball. Enforce that rule (it will drive Papelbon nuts) and that will speed up the game.
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Hitters need to get in the damn box. That's the biggest issue.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:52 AM
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Hitters need to get in the damn box. That's the biggest issue.

Agree, too many batters taking a slow stroll to the batter's box, then a few more practice swings, then readjusting their gloves, then one foot in the box while they survey the field.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:06 PM
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One of the reasons the Red Sox play longer games and the White Sox are playing longer games this year is the emphasis on working counts. More pitches is going to make the games longer. People get mad at a player for swinging at the first pitch and popping out, while applauding a 12 pitch AB, which makes sense. The problem is, those lead to longer at bats, and eventually even more pitching changes. Shaving 15 seconds here and there is nice, but I think 3 hour plus games are pretty much here to stay.

I won't even mention catchers now almost always get signs from the dugout. Apparently pitchers now need a sign to throw to first base.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:14 PM
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I won't even mention catchers now almost always get signs from the dugout. Apparently pitchers now need a sign to throw to first base.
Here's an idea that is just crazy enough to shave a few seconds off each play. Borrow from the NFL and have the catcher wear an earpiece with connection to a coach. Turn it off once the pitcher starts his motion so in case of pop fouls, wild pitches or passed balls there isn't any guidance from the dugout as to the whereabouts of the baseball.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:28 PM
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Easy answer, sign 5 Mark Buerhle's.

How about instituting the 10 run slaughter rule? How about a cap on runs that can be scored in an inning?

If the Sox batters are showing more patience, leading to higher opponent pitch counts, leading to inferior bullpen pitchers like Capuano being used, leading to more White Sox victories, the games can be 4 hours for all I care.
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