Don’t you dare shorten MLB games to please impatient fans


About the editor: As someone who became a baseball fan growing up, I’ll freely admit that I really enjoy a game because it’s the best excuse to sit outside and do nothing for three, maybe four hours. I cringe when I hear suggestions to make games shorter.

There is another solution that can be observed at any Dodger game: arrive late, leave early, or both.

The true fans who arrive early and leave late will greet you when you show up and wish you safe passage when you depart. And everyone will watch as much baseball as they want.

June Ailin Sewell, Marina del Rey


About the editor: It’s not the foul balls or the nine innings or the manager’s walk to the mound – those elements are part of the game we all love. What makes the average baseball game a never-ending experience is the enforced suspensions every half inning to allow for television commercials.

It’s bad enough watching her on TV, but sitting in the stadium with nothing happening becomes unbearable. These TV holds add about 35 minutes to the typical game.

Want to speed things up? Limit the time between half-innings to one minute.

Of course, that would affect the money going into the pockets of the team owners. If you think about it, shortening those breaks could also reduce trips to concession stands and therefore alcohol consumption — an added benefit.

Ben Martin, Los Angeles Don’t you dare shorten MLB games to please impatient fans

Caroline Bleakley

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