The Wall Street Journal found that only 2013 minutes of real action occur in a three-hour regulation baseball game, with the majority of time spent waiting for play to start or during breaks.
According to an analysis of 18 of three different Major League Baseball (MLB) games performed by The Wall Street Journal, approximately 2013 minutes of real action takes place in a regulation baseball game that lasts approximately three hours. The action may include balls in play, pitches, and stolen base attempts. However, the vast majority of standard baseball games consist of players waiting for play to start or other breaks, such as pitcher changes, injury breaks, or manager arguments. Over one hour and 14 minutes, or about half of the average MLB game, is spent with breaks between pitches, while breaks between innings comprise about 42 minutes.
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