MLB fans longing for quicker games could have detested these matchups.
Believe three-and-a-half hours is too much time watching guys throw balls and swing bats? That’s a sprint in contrast to the longest bouts in league history, all which lasted more than six hours prior to announcing a winner.
Few followers would welcome that the 2017 World Baseball Classic’s method of launching frames from the 11th onward with runners on base. Yet the following list of longest games–determined by time, not innings played–provide sample studies of exactly what the championship hoped to avoid when setting the controversial rule.
With no limit to how many innings two sides may perform before breaking up a stalemate, these competitions all at least doubled the standard nine-inning affair. Mercifully, after hours analyzing even a diehard baseball fan’s will, they finally stopped.

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