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Average MLB game time record 3 hours, 5 minutes this season

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  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez acknowledges fans after being relieved during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Washington.

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez acknowledges fans after being relieved during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Washington.
    Associated Press

 
 

NEW YORK -- The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues rose 4½ minutes this season to a record 3 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds, according to the commissioner's office.

This year's average, determined after Sunday's regular-season finale, was up from 3 hours, 42 seconds last year.

MLB's average had dropped to 2:56 in 2015 from 3:02 in 2014.

Baseball management proposed three changes last offseason the players' association didn't accept, and MLB has the right to start them next year without player approval: restricting catchers to one trip to the mound per pitcher each inning, employing a 20-second pitch clock and raising the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level - at the top of the kneecap.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has said he prefers reaching an agreement with the union.

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