I try so hard to watch an entire MLB game, but the sport makes it so hard to complete the task
There I was last night on the couch, trying to be a good Reds fan by watching a game against the NL Central-leading Brewers. For those of you not paying attention, my Reds are in the Wild Card chase, but this is a big series to see if they can get close enough to the Brewers to make an improbable charge down the stretch.
The game took THREE HOURS AND FORTY-SIX MINUTES TO PLAY. How in theeeee hell am I supposed to sit there and watch all of that? I was watching pitchers laboring. The Reds starter had 104 pitches through 5 2/3 innings. Then came the double switches and calls to the bullpen. I finally turned off the game in the 7th when the Brewers loaded the bases with no outs. I woke up this morning to learn Milwaukee got four in the 7th and went on to win 7-4. It was 11 p.m. ET.
I'm out. Sorry, MLB. I can't possibly take this nonsense.
MLB has a massive pace of play issue, and it isn't getting better, no matter what rule changes the sport introduces. In 2020, the average game lasted 3:07. In 2019, that number was 3:05. Going back to 2015, that number was 2:57.
According to Baseball-Reference, the average length of a Cincinnati Reds game in 2021 is THREE HOURS AND SEVENTEEN MINUTES. That's the average! The Dodgers and Padres lead the league with average games that last 3:18.
I'll check back with the sport in late September to see how my Reds are looking. The Wild Card games will be held Oct. 5-6.
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Aren't local governments great? Hard pass. I'd much rather watch nearly four-hour MLB games than deal with government morons.
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