Sarris: Longer games, more injuries

From SABR member Eno Sarris at on September 22, 2014:

“Ever notice that nobody talks about the length of the games when they talk about injuries being up around baseball?” Oakland outfielder Sam Fuld asked before a game against Texas. Maybe it’s time to remedy that.

It’s a simple fact that games are longer. Even before replay became a thing, games were trending longer. Look at the average minutes per game for matchups that went longer than eight innings, and see it jump even since 2002.


Though there are plenty of good theories about why there’s a rise in Tommy John surgeries, perhaps we’re missing the simplest explanation: Longer games and more strikeouts means more pitches. More pitches means more chances to hurt yourself.

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Originally published: September 22, 2014. Last Updated: September 22, 2014.