Game Length In MLB By Year
Average MLB game length by year varies every year. Three hours and eleven minutes was the average length in the 2021 season which is the longest in MLB history.
Here is the list of average game length by year in MLB:
|2010||2 hours and 54 minutes|
|2017||3 hours and 8 minutes|
|2020||3 hours and 6 minutes|
|2011||2 hours and 56 minutes|
|2016||3 hours and 4 minutes|
|2022||3 hours and 6 minutes|
|2018||3 hours and 4 minutes|
|2013||3 hours and 4 minutes|
|2023||2 hours and 41 minutes (As of 2159 games)|
|2019||3 hours and 10 minutes|
|2014||3 hours and 7 minutes|
|2021||3 hours and 11 minutes|
|Year||Average Time of a Game|
There was a time during the early 1900s when a baseball match used to finish in less than two hours. The first time the mean match length of a season went above two hours in the 20th century was in 1934.
The mean duration of a match from 2010 to 2021 is explained below:
During the 2010 season, the mean time was two hours and fifty-four minutes, a minute less than its predecessor. A total of 2,430 matches were played during that year.
If excluding the 220 extra-inning matches, the average for a nine-inning match was four minutes less. More than 2,300 home runs were scored in the year.
The following year the mean duration increased by two minutes, reaching two hours and fifty-six minutes. There were a total of 2,429 matches, including 237 extra-inning matches.
The 2012 season saw the mean duration touch the three-hour mark for only the second time in MLB history. However, the time of a nine-inning match was two hours and fifty-five minutes, five less than the match length.
A total of 2,430 matches were played during the year.
The mean length again went up by four minutes in the 2013 season. The mean duration of nine innings was still below the three-hour mark.
A record-breaking 242 extra-inning matches were played out of 2,431 matches during the year.
In the 2014 season, the time again increased for the fourth straight time, reaching three hours and seven minutes, and this year also marked the first-ever season when the mean length of nine-inning matches was above the three-hour mark.
A significant reduction in time for a match happened in 2015. There was a seven-minute decrease in the time required to complete a game.
The mean nine-inning duration was reduced from three to two hours and fifty-six minutes.
Although the duration had decreased the previous year, it could not continue that trend. The mean again went to three hours and four minutes.
The nine-inning mean duration also reached three hours.
In the 2017 season, another four minutes were added to the previous year's total. There was also an increase of five minutes in the nine-inning time frame.
The season had 2,430 matches, including 182 that reached extra-innings.
In 2018, there was a decrease of four and five minutes in the average and average nine-inning games, respectively. Almost nine percent of the 2,431 matches reached extra innings throughout the season.
The mean match duration during 2019 was three hours and ten minutes. The nine-inning mean was five minutes less than that of the match.
There were 2,429 matches which included 208 extra innings.
The average length of a game was three hours and six minutes. However, the sample size is significantly less compared to other years.
Only 898 matches were played due to the pandemic. This was the first time that the duration of a nine-inning match was higher than the overall mean.
There was a difference of one minute.
The first entire season after the COVID-19 pandemic saw the mean duration increase by five minutes. An average of 9.06 runs were scored at 74.8 plate appearances during a game in 2021.