Saturday’s game was 1:39, but here’s some more helpful facts from the Mariners that unintentionally may tick you off:
Actual game time was barely over an hour. From the game notes, “there were 17 inning breaks of 2:05 in yesterday’s game, so clubs were in commercial for 35 minutes and 25 seconds.”
That doesn’t include in-game commercials, of course (this reminder brought to you by the U.S.S.M. Mariner, recently called “not harsh enough” — try us today! the 2-2 pitch…).
I’ve never been rabid about reducing game time. I enjoy watching a game, and my major gripes about it are
– pitching changes are stupid and take forever
– batters get to step out and take guided tours of nearby historical sites between pitches
– post-season commercial breaks are crazy-long
That game, though — man, that was something else.
As a comparison, the rest of the league took 2:11 – 3:46 (Yanks-Orioles at 3:46). The A’s – Angels game ran 10 innings and took 2:24. Average game length was about 2:50, maybe a little longer than that.