“It is the mathematical potential for a single game to last forever, in a suspended world where no clock rules the day, that aligns baseball with both the dead and the living.”
bill vaughn is right. Mathematically, it’s possible for a single game to last forever. some might argue that some certainly feel they have.
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baseball’s extra innings rule in the regular season, which puts the so-called magic runner in second to start every inning after the ninth, helped reduce the length of games in 2021. only 62 games made it to the inning 11 during the season, a drastic move down from the 234 games they reached 11 in 2019 before the rule was implemented for the covid-19-shortened 2020 season.
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but that rule is out for the postseason, which means that when teams go to extra innings, there will be no runner on second base. teams will have to score the same way they would in any other inning, as has always been the case.
This has led to some marathon extra-inning games in the playoffs before. which is the longest? let’s take a look.
what are the longest mlb postseason games?
There are three games in mlb postseason history that have gone to the 18th inning, and none have gone beyond that point.
all three arrived relatively recently. The most recent came in the 2018 World Series when the Dodgers and Red Sox ran as high as 18th in Game 3. It ended with a home run in the bottom half of the inning by Max Muncy. This 3-2 Dodgers victory was also the longest by time, lasting seven hours and 20 minutes.
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game 2 of the 2014 nlds between the giants and nationals also went to the 18th inning, but unlike the world series clash, it saw both teams go to 18 innings pitched when brandon belt connected a home run in the top of the frame to give San Francisco a 2-1 lead, and Hunter Strickland closed the door in the bottom half. that game was clocked in at six hours and 23 minutes, the second-longest time in the playoffs.
another nlds in the 2000s made it to entry 18 when, in 2005, the braves and stars were late for the day. This one also ended with a home run when Chris Burke homered off Joey Devine to put the Astros up 7-6 to send Houston to the NLCs. that five-hour, 50-minute crash was the third-longest by time.
here’s a look at the longest postseason games, by innings, in mlb history.
what is the longest mlb game in history?
Those postseason runtimes may have ended in the length of two full mlb games, but they’re still far from the longest games in mlb regular season history.
According to innings, two games have reached the 25th inning. On May 8, 1984, the Brewers and White Sox scored 25. The Brewers actually scored three runs in the top of the 21st, but the Sox White responded with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game going. Four pitchers in the game pitched at least six innings, and it wasn’t until Harold Baines homered off Chuck Porter in the bottom of the 25 that the White Sox were able to walk out of Comiskey Field with a 7-6 win. At eight hours and six minutes, it’s the longest game played since 1901, according to stathead.
The Cardinals and Mets in 1974 also had 25 innings. on Sept. 11 that year, the Cardinals scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game at three. What followed was 15 shutout innings until Mets pitcher Hank Webb tried to get Bake McBride out at first base. The throw was wild and McBride ran around the bases, eventually scoring when catcher Ron Hodges dropped the throw. sonny siebert fired a scoreless bottom half of the inning to give st. Louis the victory 4-3. the game lasted seven hours and four minutes and went on until 3:15 a.m. m. after starting at 8:08 p.m. m.
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Now, if you think almost eight hours in a ballpark is a long day, imagine how the Giants and Mets players felt on May 31, 1964.
The two teams began a doubleheader, and the first matchup went by relatively quickly. Juan Marichal pitched a complete game against New York, allowing just three runs as San Francisco won 5-3 in a two-hour, 29-minute matchup. easy windy.
The second game certainly didn’t look like extra innings were on the cards. The Giants scored six runs in the first three innings to take a 6-1 lead over New York, but a combined five runs in the sixth and seventh tied the game for the Mets. from there, 15 scoreless innings followed until the Giants scored two in the top of the 23rd inning and ultimately prevailed on the final score 8-6. that game lasted seven hours and 23 minutes, which means those players spent nine hours and 52 minutes playing baseball.
To this day, it remains the longest doubleheader played in the sport.
longest playoff games in North American sports
Taking a look at the NFL and NBA, in comparison, it’s no surprise to see that MLB’s longest postseason game still takes the cake for longest playoff matchup.
The longest playoff game in the NBA is a tie between a 1953 matchup between the Syracuse Nationals and the Boston Celtics, and the 2019 quadruple overtime matchup between the Nuggets and the Trail Blazers, which lasted five hours and 40 minutes.
According to Stathead, the longest game in NFL playoff history was Super Bowl XLVII between the Ravens and 49ers, which lasted four hours and 14 minutes.
in the nhl, a stanley cup semifinal game went to six overtime for a total game time of 176 minutes and three seconds on the ice between the red wings and the montreal maroons, but how long is unknown total took the game to complete.