MLB fans longing for faster games would have detested these matchups.
Think three-and-a-half hours is a lot of time watching men throw balls and swing bats? That’s a sprint in contrast to the maximum bouts in league history, all which lasted more than six hours before announcing a winner.
Few followers will welcome the 2017 World Baseball Classic’s procedure of starting frames in the 11th forward with runners on base. Nevertheless the following list of longest matches –decided by time, not innings playedprovide sample studies of what the tournament expected to avoid when setting the controversial rule.
With no limitation to how many innings two sides may perform before breaking a stalemate, these contests all at least doubled the standard nine-inning affair. Mercifully, after hours testing even a diehard baseball fan’s will, they finally stopped.

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