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    Why do baseball games take so long?

    Game times are up more than 30 minutes over 40 years ago, but little change seems to be coming

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    Games are longer
    4 hours
    3 hours
    2 hours
    1 hours
    0 hours
    8 pitchers
    6 pitchers
    4 pitchers
    2 pitchers
    0 pitchers
    24 hits
    18 hits
    12 hits
    6 hits
    0 hits

    Source: Retrosheet; all figures based on 94,925 regular-season nine-inning games during the past 50 seasons.

    Alvin Chang/Globe Staff