Cheat Sheet As To When You Can Stop Watching A Baseball Game

August 1, 2018

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When it comes to leaving a sporting event early, baseball wins hands down. The average nine-inning Major League Baseball game in 2017 took three hours and five minutes to complete, setting an all-time record. And unlike the current marathon affairs in college football, baseball is not exactly packing the extra minutes with scoring and excitement. So using history as a guide, the editors of the web site, FIveThirtyEight have developed a cheat sheet as to when you can leave or stop watching a baseball game early. Basically you should leave to change the channel after the sixth inning if the leading team is ahead by four or more runs. There is a less than 5% chance that the other team will deliver a miracle comeback. If you follow this cheat sheet, you will leave early in about eight of 10 baseball games. Typically, the best times to leave are between the bottom of the fifth inning and the top of the ninth inning. Of course there is always a chance you may miss a big event but if you were to follow a major league season  using this chart, you've free yourself of 1,612 hours of viewing that would not result in a change in the outcome!

SOURCE: FIveThirtyEight

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