MLB fans longing for quicker games could have detested these matchups.
Think three-and-a-half hours is too much time watching guys throw balls and swing bats? That is a sprint in contrast to the longest bouts in league history, all which lasted over six hours before declaring a winner.
Few followers will welcome that the 2017 World Baseball Classic’s method of starting frames from the 11th forward with runners on base. Nevertheless the subsequent list of longest matches –decided by time, not innings played–provide sample studies of what the championship hoped to avoid when setting the rule.
With no limit to the number of innings two sides may play before breaking up a stalemate, these competitions all at least doubled the standard nine-inning affair. Mercifully, after hours testing even a diehard baseball fan’s will, they eventually ended.
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