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2013 featured more extra inning games than any other season in history

Sep 25, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

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Because of expansion here have been more games, overall, per season since 1998 than there was before 1998. As such, overall league counting records will be skewed in favor of the past 15 years. Still, this year has been pretty impressive for extra inning games. How impressive? As Jason Lukehart at Ground Ball With Eyes notes, we have a new record:

When the Blue Jays and Orioles went into the 10th inning Tuesday night, a new record for most extra-inning games in a single season was established. It was the 238th extra-inning game of 2013, besting the mark set in 2011 …

We’re now at 239 with the Dbacks-Padres game.

I had no idea what the record was before I read Jason’s post, but it certainly did feel like the record was set based on my daily perusal of box scores.  Also, and if someone wants to check this I’d be indebted to you, I feel like we have at least doubled the record for 3-2 games. Really, every third game seemed like it was 3-2 this season.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Oh that 20 inning game in St. Louis, Pelfrey of all people got the damm win in that game.

    On a serious note, do the citizens and degenerates here at HBT support ties in baseball say after 15 innings?

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      A tie. A freaking tie? You gotta’ be joking. This HBT citizen (degenerate) thinks you should be punched in the arm for even mentioning it.

      • chill1184 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Hey dont blame me, Brandon McCarthy suggested the idea awhile back

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Great. I have now found something I disagree with Brandon McCarthy about. I didn’t think that would ever happen. But I also never thought I would have seen you post that bullshit on the lost no-no by Wacha either.

      • misterj167 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        They have ties in Japan! They have ties in their version of the World Series!

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Hahaha! Yeah…the also throw a different baseball and doctor said baseball’s for added offense. But a tie in MLB (any baseball) seems like blasphemy to me.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        There of course used to be ties in MLB, but then some folks improved the electric light to where we could keep playing after sunset, and we did away with curfews, and train schedules gave way to teams having charter airplanes. So let Bud’s AS Game be the last tie ever. Nice way to remember him. And let’s get rid of neckties too, at least during the summer. Uncomfortable and useless, and if you look at pics from the 1800s, pretty “recent” fashion thing too.

    • lightcleric - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      There’s no TYING in baseball!

      • ptfu - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    • brogan326 - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      The 20 inning game was from 2010, you idiot…

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    At least the Jays did something right this season when they won that record setting game in the 10th inning.

  3. anthonyverna - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Does the lack of runs have anything to do with a reduction in PED use in baseball? I forget what the statistical studies say.

    • paperlions - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      No one knows because 1) no one knows how many players were using PEDs before, 2) no one knows how many players are using PEDs now, 3) no one knows which aspects of baseball are affected by PED use and how much, and 4) no one knows how PED use affects hitting compared to pitching to understand if across the board PED use would result in increased or decreased run production.

      FWIW, scoring did NOT go down when testing for steroids began. It did start to go down when amphetamine testing began….but MLB is notorious for changing ball composition and then denying it…it is possible that the ball has been reconstituted the last few years. Run production boomed with the introduction of a new ball in 1993, not with PED use, which started many decades ago and gradually grew more popular. Also, nearly every ball park built in the last 10 years is a pitcher friendly park, whereas the trend before that was to build hitter friendly parks.

      Simply put, there are too many factors and too little information on which to even base a educated guess on the effects of PED use on run production through time.

  4. Joe - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Counting stats are nice, but rate stats are more meaningful. What season had the highest percentage of extra-inning games?

    • Jason Lukehart - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      If you click the link, you’ll find the answer! 2013 is above average in terms of rate, the highest in more than 20 years, but not among the all-time top ten.

  5. Caught Looking - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Any idea what the individual team record is for extra inning games in a single season? The Diamondbacks have played in a ton in 2013.

    • Caught Looking - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      For clarification, they have the innings record. Arizona set a major league record for most extra innings played in a season with 79, breakings the record of 76 set by the 1969 Minnesota Twins. The Diamondbacks have played in 24 extra inning games this season.

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