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Watching Paint Dry at the Stadium

John Turnbull

Posted on October 21, 2018 11:11

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The length of baseball playoff games is ridiculous.

Ahh, October. A North American sports fan's favorite month. NHL and NBA have fired up, NFL has hit its stride, CFL approaches the playoffs and of course, MLB's countdown to the World Series!

There are few sports with the anticipation and hype of the Road to the Show. It's America's game after all. Unfortunately, all of the excitement wanes when one actually sits down to watch an MLB playoff game. Put it this way: clear your schedule for 5 hours!

Now I get the managerial strategies, the hitting and pitching matchups, the deliberate delays on the mound and in the batter's box to disrupt flow and momentum. But, come on! It's getting ridiculous.

Earlier this week, I flipped off the LCS game, watched a whole period of hockey, went outside for some form of smoke and then turned back to the baseball game. It was the same half inning, 2 outs. Now, this is acceptable if one of the teams puts up a 5 or 6 spot. Runs take time. But that wasn't the case. No runs scored, one on and another discussion on the mound that resembled a Senate session - lots of gabbing and nothing getting done.

The Dodgers are by far the worst culprits with their one pitcher per batter modus operandi. Alright, an exaggeration, but something has to be done to speed up the game to a reasonable time frame. The average length of games, particularly in the playoffs, has been steadily rising for years.

So what can be done? How do we speed up the game without tainting its purity? Well, there actually is a rule in place that puts a time limit on the pitcher: 20 seconds between each pitch. But that's about as abided by as parent's rules about candy when the kids go to gramma's house. It won't work unless enforced and I just don't see that happening.

The only solution I can see is to eliminate the replays. Let the umps' calls stand. Sure the diamond cops often seem like the only thing they get on IQ tests is droll, but that's their job out there - let them do it! A big part of the game is drama, and what better drama than a controversial call? Because really, it evens out in the end for both teams over the course of a series.

The individuals I truly feel for and admire are the play-by-play announcers. It takes talent to keep one's voice and provide entertaining tidbits for what equates to the length of a workday, even with Google Assistant helping you out.

P.S. I wonder if the divorce rate goes up in October?

John Turnbull

Posted on October 21, 2018 11:11

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