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August 11, 2010


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Very interesting. I just have one critique of the plot: it would be nice to have the y-axis extend to zero. That way we could put the change in perspective.

By comparison with cricket the times aren't that long. Play in one day cricket lasts about 7 hours, in two sessions of about 3.5 hours each. Test cricket goes for five days, with six hours play each day, in three two-hour sessions.

(However, some games can be substantially shorter in each case)

The shortest form of top-level cricket, Twenty-20, typically lasts two and a half to three hours - about as long as a baseball game.

I disagree with both posts. Having zero on the access wouldn't contribute anything, the 'change' being sort/questioned isn't do with the game doubling in length, I doubt the thought behind the comment was that the 'games are longer' meant they were now 3 hours compared to 1, so I believe the scale shown is appropriate here, for a 'fine grain' look at the change. And cricket has about as much relevance in this conversation as fishing or space travel. It isn't baseball vs the world >_<

I have slightly less than 0 interest in baseball and I'd still be really keen to see this applied to a larger dataset, especially more than 3 games from the team of interest :) Great stuff

@Matt - This is a summarization of a really large data set. It the median length of games over the entire season (162 games) for each team (25 teams or so) for 30 seasons.

Maybe using 'jitter' would show the dataset as being larger.

This is a fascinating statistic which allows for interpretation as to why.

I contend that the explosion of "Sportscenter" and television coverage, along with salaries and narcissism all conspired together to slow the game down.

"Old school" pitchers like RA Dickey work fast.

Today, with 50,000 fans and major close up TV cameras, players are still not satisfied with the attention levels so they wear jewelry and even dye their hair like my mom used to in the '70's...anything for more attention.
Tom Seaver worked fast. Mike Piazza with his changing hair styles, made us wait, pitch after pitch, calling time out, enjoying the attention of the camera.

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