Category: History

The Longest MLB Games Ever Played

Baseball is Americas past time. And it is an all American game that kids play all across the country in the hopes that they will one day be able to play in one of the most exciting games in history. Some of these people grew up and became part of history in the fact that they played in some of the longest games in MLB history. These games will go down in history as being some of the longest games to ever occur.

New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox April 2015
This was a battle to the end between these two storied clubs. The game was so long that Mark Texeria was 34 when the game started and when it ended he was 35. This literally meant that he had a birthday while the game was going on. The game lasted 6 hours and 49 minutes not counting the 16 minute delay for fixing a malfunction with the lighting. This would mean that the total time that the teams were on the field was more than seven hours.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Baltimore Orioles
6 Hours and 54 minutes. That is the amount of time that these two teams played over the course of 18 innings. The game lasted so long that the Rays almost went through their entire pitching rotation and players were beginning to show signs of wear as they were having a harder time making contact with the ball. This was trumped in August of the same year when The Phillies and Diamondbacks lasted 18 innings and came in at seven hours and 6 minutes. This was still not close to the longest game as the mark would be high to reach.

San Francisco Giants New York Mets 5/31/1964
This was the second longest game in MLB history. It came in at 7 hours and 23 minutes and lasted 23 innings. This was a slug fest that saw the Giants win with a score of 8-6. the game saw one of the highest number of pitches ever thrown and fans began to actually boo as the game was taking longer than they thought it should. Some fans actually threw trash onto the field in protest of the game taking so long. Once order was restored, the Giants knocked two runs in and went home with the win over the Mets.

Brewers and White Sox 1984
This was a marathon that took everything that both teams had in them as the game went on for a grueling 8 hours and 6 minutes. And lasted a total of 25 innings. This was such a long game that it was actually suspended at the top of the 18th inning and picked up the next day in order to give the players the chance to get a little rest to be able to continue. This would go down as one of the longest games ever to be played in baseball and many games have tried to approach that record but none have actually made it that far.

Baseball can be a very fun sport to watch and if you are expecting the game to run a certain amount of time, you will be surprised to discover that a lot of the games go longer than what they were expected to. Who knows one day you may be in attendance at a game that surpasses the record of 25 innings and eight hours. You will be able to tell your grand kids that you were in attendance at the longest game in MLB history. It may not sound like a lot, but it will make for one interesting story.

Top 5 Starting Pitchers of All-Time

Over a century and thirty teams later, the Major League Baseball, one of the United States and Canada’s major sports league, can be said to have had many memorable moments and pitchers that have made the game worth participating in or watching.

A game of baseball usually starts and ends with a starting pitch, which usually is the winning or losing determinant. A pitcher is a defensive player (with the number 1) who throws the baseball to the catcher from the pitcher’s mound. Apart from the starting pitcher, we have other pitchers like the relief pitcher, the middle reliever, the lefty specialist, the set-up man, and the closer. Usually, the starting pitcher begins the game and is then followed by any of the pitchers mentioned above. Picking a starting pitcher who can bring his good stuff home is always a big challenge for coaches and managers as massive skill is required for a good starting pitcher. A skilled starting pitcher is expected to master pitches like fastball, curveball, sinker, slider, changeup and knuckleball among others. Most gifted and talented pitchers use hybrids. If one takes a walk down history lane of MLB, one is sure to find great pitchers who have broken records with their talent, skills and pitches. As a starting pitcher, my main aim will be to ensure the batter does not hit the ball when I throw it. To achieve this, I must put force and speed into my throw and employ throwing styles calculated to confuse or deceive the batter from hitting the ball.

Now I will look at the top five starting pitchers of all time in MLB history. As with any list of ‘top five’, there are usually arguments and debates, which I think arises from the basis or criteria used in arriving at the list. My ranking is based on starting pitchers with highest pitcher’s scores. So those whose records have been broken will not be considered, while those whose records are yet to be broken will be considered. Also, ranking starts from 1969 when modern practices and innovations were incorporated into baseball. I thus will not be mentioning legends like Cy Young and Bob Feller.
Bob Gibson

As a member of the great St. Louis Cardinals, he inspired modern practices and innovation in baseball like the lowering of the pitcher’s mound to give pitchers better advantage. His close-shave fastballs are as intimidating as his appearance. He won several awards like All-Star (9), World Champion (2), Cy Young Award (2) and various others. He has been put into the St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame.
Roger Clemens

In spite of the steroid scandal involving Roger Clemens, he showed extraordinary talent in his 24-season career. He has 354 wins to his credit and has won awards such as Cy Young Award (7), All-Star (11), and ERA Champion (7).
Greg Maddux

He was a member of about six teams like the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a winning record of 355 and 3,371 strikeouts. Has won awards such as All-Star (8), Cy Young Award (4), and Gold Glove Award (18) and has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Randy Johnson

He has great pitching styles like a fastball and hard-hitting sliders, with 303 wins and 4,875 strikeouts; his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame is well deserved. He was a member of about seven different teams at different times and won awards like Al-Star (10) Cy Young Award (5) and a Triple Crown.
Pedro Martinez

One of the most talented starting pitchers of all time, he has spent time with five teams from New York Mets to Boston Red Sox. Since his debut in 1992, he has made 219 wins and 3,154 strikeouts. His awards include All-Star (8), Cy Young (3) and a triple crown among others.