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Detailed Look at Pace of Play in the National League

March 28, 2014
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It seems that every year someone complains about the pace of the game. The arguments seem the same each time. Those in favor of a faster game are afraid of losing fans who are becoming more accustomed to a sporting culture (and larger culture in general) in which a four hour game with a final score of 2-1 is no longer acceptable or entertaining. Meanwhile people who are largely (and often unfairly) lumped into an all-encompassing group called "traditionalists" say that what makes baseball unique is the absence of a clock.

This year Miami Marlins Team President David Samson waded into the conversation by saying that "Pace of play is about our fans. If it's a 3-1 nine-inning game that goes 3 hours and 12 minutes, that's not enjoyable." Leaving aside the issue of how many fans the Miami Marlins actually have right now, if pace of play is what the Marlins are concerned about, they should be less concerned with their own pace of play and more concerned with the pace of the league in general.

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