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Why pace of play has slowed to a crawl, and a dozen ways to fix it

May 28, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Do players and managers realize how much they have slowed the pace of action in a baseball game? That thought hit me like just another 97 mph fastball from just another fungible reliever as I watched one of the least appealing half innings in the history of the sport last week.

It happened in the top of the eighth inning in a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets at Citi Field. A half inning with no runs, no hits and just three balls put into play took 21 minutes, 44 seconds.

Chew on that some more: It took almost 22 minutes to play a scoreless, hitless half inning in which only three balls were put into play. (It took 4 hours, 9 minutes to play the whole game.)



Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140527/pace-of-game/#ixzz32zmJBKvU


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