AP, Selig's stenographer
AP should just call it, "From the desk of Allan H. Selig."
- NEW YORK (AP) -- "With games seeming to run longer each year, Major League Baseball on Wednesday asked teams to help enforce speed-up rules already on the books.
A nine-inning game is averaging 2 hours, 51 minutes, 42 seconds this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That's only 29 seconds longer than last season, but 5 1/2 minutes longer than five years ago."...
- For added drama AP chooses this stat, without elaboration:
(AP): "In 1981, an average game took 2:33."...
- Why include this ancient stat without providing any context, such as television commercials, endless promotional announcements,
environmental ceremonies and lectures by Robert Redford co-sponsored by MLB, appearances by EPA hacks, the Governor of Pennsylvania, etc. to push all the Hollywood and government grift MLB loves to do?
- Reference AP article published on SportingNews.com, "MLB Orders Teams to Pick Up the Pace," 5/21/08; AND
- AP article published in USA Today, "MLB Asks Teams to Enforce Rules, Speed Up Games."
- (The NY Times version of this story was more factual. "Quick Reminder to Speed Up Games," by Michael S. Schmidt).