Korea Shortens Game Times, Shames MLB

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wow.southkorea.png Once again, the United States has been embarrassed. While Joe West can merely complain about the Yankees and Red Sox playing yet another five-hour classic, new rules in South Korea have shortened baseball games by 14 minutes so far this season.

Games this year are averaging 3:04, down from 3:18 last year. (The Korea Times reports games last 2:52 in Japan and 3:13 in MLB.) Before the season, the Korean Baseball Organization instituted new rules, including a 12-second limit on how long pitchers could hold the ball with no runners on base. There have been 28 warnings this year but no extra balls added to any counts.

Oh, yeah, and the strike zone was widened and "the time spent maintaining the field within a game" was cut down. Of course, as The Korea Times notes:

Overall playing time, however, is expected to take a little bit longer as the season proceeds and the competition intensifies, the KBO predicted.

Is it going to be the same in MLB, too? Uh oh. The last series of the season between the Yankees and Red Sox is never going to end.


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Their strike zome may be wide but it's really small top to bottom. Kind of like Rob's Mom

Zing!!!

"the time spent maintaining the field within a game" was cut down.

There would be a trash-on-the-filed pandemic if they tried that here in the States.

India has the shortest games of them all.

Are you kidding Ebessan, they play cricket in India. Those games last, like, three days. Cricket is the same as baseball, right?

It was a metaphor!

For the war in Iraq.

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