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Postseason games “just taking too long”

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(AP) — No, it’s not your imagination. This year’s playoff games are running extra long — and extra slow.

And even the players are noticing.

“They’re really slow. It’s tough to watch,” Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O’Day said after the first two games of the AL Championship Series each lasted more than 4 hours, 15 minutes. “I understand it’s postseason, but these are just taking too long.”

The average time of the first 20 postseason games played so far was 3 hours, 49 minutes. Five went to extra innings, including an 18-inning marathon between San Francisco and Washington that lasted a record 6 hours, 23 minutes. So those games skew the numbers a bit.

 

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