Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Bull Pin

How long, on average, is a baseball actually in play during a ballgame?:

"Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly timed a ball in play during a 2000 playoff game. The game lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes, and the ball was in play a total of 12 minutes and 22 seconds (and Reilly admitted to being 'generous with the stopwatch')"

They say that baseball requires the hardest skills in American sports. I've also heard this argument with hockey and soccer goal keepers.

I think it is hard to argue against the true gamut of physic al taxation that rugby requires of the body. The best players utilize so many skills simultaneously that advanced muscularity is a necessity. I wonder how it stacks up against soccer or tennis?

1 comment:

Red said...

As an avid baseball fan (go Yanks!) and a soccer referee, I have analyzed this issue of time of ACTUAL ACTION before. Soccer is by far the most active (sometimes accounting for >80% of "game time"), while hockey, basketball, and tennis are next then finally football, baseball, and golf.

Another interesting study is time of players actively involved. This would surprise most people in that a good baseball player is moving on every pitch compared to soccer or hockey where the goalkeeper and defenders of the attacking team can be completely idle.

Cheers, and thanks for the link!