MLB fans longing for faster games would have detested these matchups.
Think three-and-a-half hours is too much time watching men toss balls and swing bats? That’s a sprint compared to the maximum spells in league history, all which lasted more than six hours prior to announcing a winner.
Few followers will welcome the 2017 World Baseball Classic’s procedure of launching frames from the 11th forward with runners on base. Yet the subsequent list of longest matches –determined by time, not innings played–provide sample studies of exactly what the championship expected to avoid when establishing the rule.
Without a limitation to how many innings two sides can perform before breaking a stalemate, these competitions all at least doubled the conventional nine-inning affair. Mercifully, after hours testing even a diehard baseball fan’s will, they finally stopped.
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