It has never been a secret that baseball is one of the much slower sports, but recently it has become almost unbearable to watch.
The amount of action during the game has decreased so much that the ball is not put into play on over 30 percent of at-bats, where strikeouts, hit batters, or walks occur.
In April of 2018, for the first time in the entire history of the MLB, there were more strikeouts than hits. Simultaneously, the 2018 season had the lowest per-game attendance in the past 15 years.
Many people have voiced their dissatisfaction with the current state of baseball, including many baseball greats. Hall of Famer Goose Gossage said last year that “I try to watch a baseball game, and I find it very difficult to be able to watch today.”
Baseball is just getting too boring.
Games take a whopping average of 3 hours and 7 minutes to complete, which is hard for more than a few people to sit through. 33 minutes and 39 seconds of that time was just for the time in between batters! The time between innings in the average game amounted to 42 minutes and 41 seconds of brain-rotting commercials.
However, the biggest chunk of downtime was the time in between pitches, which amounted to an hour, 14 minutes, and 49 seconds. The time for readjusting straps, cleaning cleats, checking for the potential steal, inspecting one’s bat, and more readjusting contributed to almost half of the entire game.
Politifact gathered that there were actually only 18 minutes of “action” during the average 3+ hour MLB game.
The MLB has definitely lost me as a viewer and spectator because of the lethargic, lengthened play and the uninteresting games.
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