The New York Yankees took game one of their ALDS series with the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, but a decent portion of baseball fans on the East Coast didn’t stay awake to see it. That’s despite the game starting at 7:07 PM ET.
The contest ended just before 11:30 PM ET – meaning it was over four hours.
Nobody was expecting the two teams to play quick games – considering statistically they’re the two-best home run hitting squads in MLB history. But Friday night’s game still seemed like it took forever.
The Yankees used seven different pitchers in the win. The Twins used six in the loss. The Yankees won a 10-4 game that saw 15 hits – five of which were home runs. There were 25 strikeouts in the game as well.
Fans took to Twitter to complain about how long the game took:
Official game time for the Yankees and Twins was 4 hours and 15 minutes for 8 1/2 innings. What a joke. https://t.co/9vw5YTxAeJ
— Mike Canfield (@MCanfieldCFB) October 5, 2019
— Travis Strominger (@travisstrom) October 5, 2019
Bat flips, emotion, celebrations: Good for baseball.
Nine-inning games that take 4 hours, 15 minutes: Bad for baseball.
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) October 5, 2019
Part of this is the teams involved – the Yankees and Twins have historic offenses. Part of it is the (supposed) change to the baseballs this year. Part of it is the change in philosophy regarding hitting home runs.
Regardless, it’s starting to look like baseball has a problem on its hands. The MLB is going to need to figure out a way to speed up games if they don’t want to lose the average fan.