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SBD/June 11, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Length Of MLB Games Growing Longer, Matching All-Time High Set In '00
Published June 11, 2013
AREAS TO CUT BACK ON: ESPN's Pablo Torre noted MLB "came to power in an age when viewers really didn't have alternative options in terms of what they wanted to use discretionary free time on." He noted baseball is "full of fat," noting players are constantly adjusting batting gloves, stepping out of the batter's box and asking for time outs. Torre: "We can cut down on that stuff, keep the younger generation more invested." ESPN's Jackie MacMullan said, "Everybody likes the idea of holding out, making guys throw pitches, have those pitchers throw more, step out of the box, be Kevin Youkilis. I think it's made the game longer and I do think it's a problem. You're starting to hear players complain about it." But Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said, "Nobody has a problem with long baseball games. The fans don't complain, they love them. The players, I've never heard them complain." Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, "Most of the extra length in baseball games today is because of what goes on between innings, the time for advertising. It's not really the pace of the actual game that has slowed down that much" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/10).