- South Carolina
That was truly superb! Fascinating!!There's actually not more time between innings. It's just that they play commercials for longer. Now, they cut to commercial immediately after the last out and come back close to the next pitch. Back in the 80s, there'd be a minute or two of the announcers talking after they came back from commercial. The break is just as long. They just squeeze a couple extra commercials into the same amount of time.
Here's a great article comparing the broadcasts of a game from 1984 (Mets at Cubs) and a game from 2014 (Brewers at Pirates). The games had identical scores, the same number of pitches thrown, the same number of baserunners and the same number of batters come to the plate. The 2014 game lasted 35 minutes longer and the article looks for what took up the extra time. It's a fascinating read and really entertaining, especially if you have any nostalgia at all for 80s baseball.
I have just one complaint --- the author referred to Arnie Harris as "Arte". Otherwise, a wonderful contribution.