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 ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page The length of MLB games has increased by more than 30 minutes over the past 50 years. Let’s examine some of the ways that players can slow down the rhythm of a game: Jim Davis/Globe Staff Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias asked an umpire for time. Barry Chin/Globe Staff David Ortiz conducts a ritual during his plate appearances in which he calls time and readjusts his batting gloves between pitches. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Jarrod Saltalamacchia (left) visited the mound to chat with pitcher Felix Doubront. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Jonny Gomes has a custom of stepping away from the plate and removing his helmet between pitches. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Jacoby Ellsbury often takes time during a plate appearance to adjust his batting gloves. Jim Davis/Globe Staff An increase in the number of pitching changes per game, with teammates waiting for the new hurler on the mound, has contributed to the jump in game times. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Hitters aren't the only ones who add extra time to games, though. Pitchers like Jon Lester can be slow to regroup between pitches.