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Ranking The Top 5 Reasons Why MLB Is Boring

Ranking The Top 5 Reasons Why MLB Is Boring

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Even people who play and love the game of baseball will tell you that it is not the most exciting sport to watch. There is just too much inaction for fans to get fully immersed into the game, but all that downtime equals big bucks for your favorite big league team. It's just not good business to host a two-hour event when an extra hour means more revenue. Here are five reasons why MLB is boring to watch.

5. Instant Replay

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5. Instant Replay

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The goal of instant replay was to settle challenged plays within 60 to 90 seconds, but teams are intentionally delaying games to make their own reviews before making a challenge. Although this practice has had a negative effect on the length of games, MLB actually encourages teams to use this strategy.

4. Heated Arguments

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4. Heated Arguments

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Who doesn't enjoy watching a grown man throw a temper tantrum? But too many managers in the league today enjoy one-on-one discussions with an umpire that just ruins the flow of the game. Unfortunately, MLB believes it is important to preserve the interaction between managers and umpires, including arguments, as part of the character of the game. Really?

3. Time Between Batters

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3. Time Between Batters

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Did you know that an average big league game consists of more than 30 minutes of hitter introductions? In a slugfest, which has more batters, it's even longer! It's not too exciting watching guys discard weighted donuts and cleaning cleats to loud walk-up songs 60 to 70 times a game.

2. Time Between Innings

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2. Time Between Innings

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This is how MLB and its franchises pay the bills. One study found that an average game in the majors has more than 40 minutes of "down time" between innings. While the fans are bored and waiting for the action to resume, the television and radio partners of MLB are earning back the big sums they pay the league for broadcasting rights.

1. Time Between Pitches

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1. Time Between Pitches

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The boys at Park Avenue refuses to challenge both teams and traditionalists when it comes to wasting more than 60 minutes each big league game with the inaction after every pitch. Imagine if pitchers had guidelines in place to work faster, and players had to be ready to hit anytime the pitcher had the ball? No more batting glove routines. No practice swings, either. A two-hour ballgame would be the norm.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.