Length of Games

Clock baseballjpgThere has been a lot of talk about how long MLB games are getting and so far none of the new ideas to shorten games have worked. This page will show you the average length of Twins games since they started play in 1961.

The chart below shows the average length of Minnesota Twins games with the red line and the number of games that lasted 3 hours or more with the blue line. The data for the chart can be seen on this PDF – length-of-games

This Time of Game PDF that was provided by MLB show average games time for the American League, National League and overall average MLB game time from 1981 thru 2016. time-of-game-1981-2016.pdf

If you look at the two PDF’s you can compare Twins game time to AL average game times. In 2016 the Twins took an average of five minutes longer to play a game than the AL average game time.

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The Minnesota Twins called Met Stadium home from 1961-1981, the Metrodome was home from 1982-2009 and Target Field has been home since 2010 in case you need help in determining the longest home games in the various home parks.

The Twins longest games in terms of innings played were two 22 inning affairs. The 1993 game took place in the Metrodome and the 1972 game took place at the Met.

Twins longest games in terms of innings played

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R SO HR Pit BF GmLen
1 1993-08-31 MIN CLE W 5-4 22.0 16 4 8 0 288 85 377
2 1972-05-12 MIN MIL L 3-4 22.0 13 4 13 0   86 347
3 1967-08-09 MIN WSA L 7-9 20.0 14 9 16 2   79 340
4 1976-08-25 MIN NYY L 4-5 18.2 16 5 5 1   73 326
5 2004-08-08 MIN OAK L 5-6 18.0 16 6 13 0 251 71 297
6 1969-09-06 MIN OAK W 8-6 18.0 16 6 12 1   78 317
7 1969-07-19 MIN SEP W 11-7 18.0 20 7 9 1   82 341
8 1967-07-26 (2) MIN NYY W 3-2 18.0 10 2 7 0   65 264
9 1976-08-28 MIN CLE L 3-4 16.2 13 4 6 0   62 295
10 1969-04-09 MIN KCR L 3-4 16.2 11 4 8 0   64 272
11 1995-05-07 MIN CLE L 9-10 16.1 26 10 9 3 322 82 396
12 2009-07-03 MIN DET L 9-11 16.0 17 11 12 2 218 69 307
13 2005-08-16 MIN CHW W 9-4 16.0 12 4 12 1 204 63 309
14 1986-06-11 MIN TEX L 2-6 16.0 16 6 7 1   66 272
15 1977-09-17 MIN TEX L 4-5 16.0 12 5 10 2   65 312
16 1969-07-25 MIN CLE W 4-2 16.0 8 2 14 1   57 266
17 1982-04-20 MIN OAK L 3-4 15.2 14 4 10 0   66 303
18 1975-07-12 MIN NYY L 7-8 15.2 18 8 7 1   70 311
19 2016-04-24 MIN WSN L 5-6 15.0 16 6 12 3 273 65 356
20 2012-06-17 MIN MIL W 5-4 15.0 15 4 7 1 250 66 290
21 2004-06-10 MIN NYM W 3-2 15.0 8 2 13 1 231 59 246
22 2004-05-04 MIN SEA L 3-4 15.0 13 4 14 1 245 65 288
23 2004-04-06 MIN CLE W 7-6 15.0 12 6 10 1 223 59 300
24 2002-06-10 MIN ATL W 6-5 15.0 11 5 6 1 209 58 263
25 1999-05-21 MIN OAK W 2-1 15.0 8 1 9 0 225 59 295
26 1992-07-04 MIN BAL W 3-2 15.0 12 2 8 0 250 64 280
27 1980-08-28 MIN TOR W 7-5 15.0 13 5 9 1   60 264
28 1980-06-20 MIN CLE L 3-4 15.0 14 4 6 1   63 268
29 1974-09-10 MIN CHW W 8-7 15.0 19 7 9 1   62 247
30 1973-06-06 (1) MIN CLE W 7-3 15.0 10 3 8 1   66 254
31 1972-06-06 MIN BAL W 5-4 15.0 11 4 14 0   63 265
32 1972-05-13 MIN MIL W 5-4 15.0 10 4 12 2   54 216
33 1964-09-29 MIN KCA L 6-7 15.0 10 7 13 3   61 290
34 1961-05-22 MIN CLE L 5-7 15.0 17 7 7 2   63 248
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/29/2016.
 

The Twins longest game in terms of time was surprisingly only 16.1 innings long but the game lasted an incredible six hours and 36 minutes when the Twins lost to the Indians at Jacob’s Field in the bottom of the 16th inning.

Twins longest games in term of time

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R SO HR Pit BF # GmLen ?
1 1995-05-07 MIN CLE L 9-10 16.1 26 10 9 3 322 82 9 396
2 1993-08-31 MIN CLE W 5-4 22.0 16 4 8 0 288 85 7 377
3 2016-04-24 MIN WSN L 5-6 15.0 16 6 12 3 273 65 8 356
4 1972-05-12 MIN MIL L 3-4 22.0 13 4 13 0   86 7 347
5 2002-05-17 MIN NYY L 12-13 13.1 20 13 14 6 264 67 8 345
6 1969-07-19 MIN SEP W 11-7 18.0 20 7 9 1   82 5 341
7 1967-08-09 MIN WSA L 7-9 20.0 14 9 16 2   79 5 340
8 1976-08-25 MIN NYY L 4-5 18.2 16 5 5 1   73 4 326
9 1969-09-06 MIN OAK W 8-6 18.0 16 6 12 1   78 4 317
10 1977-09-17 MIN TEX L 4-5 16.0 12 5 10 2   65 5 312
11 1975-07-12 MIN NYY L 7-8 15.2 18 8 7 1   70 5 311
12 2014-05-01 (2) MIN LAD L 3-4 12.0 11 4 12 3 255 56 8 311
13 2005-08-16 MIN CHW W 9-4 16.0 12 4 12 1 204 63 6 309
14 2009-07-03 MIN DET L 9-11 16.0 17 11 12 2 218 69 7 307
15 1968-08-26 (2) MIN WSA L 0-1 12.1 4 1 11 0   44 3 305
16 1969-06-20 MIN OAK L 2-3 13.1 10 3 9 0   56 3 304
17 1982-04-20 MIN OAK L 3-4 15.2 14 4 10 0   66 3 303
18 2004-04-06 MIN CLE W 7-6 15.0 12 6 10 1 223 59 8 300
19 2004-08-08 MIN OAK L 5-6 18.0 16 6 13 0 251 71 7 297
20 1976-08-28 MIN CLE L 3-4 16.2 13 4 6 0   62 6 295
21 1999-05-21 MIN OAK W 2-1 15.0 8 1 9 0 225 59 5 295
22 2003-05-15 MIN KCR L 5-9 14.0 14 9 12 1 231 65 7 294
23 1998-04-13 MIN TBD L 12-13 13.0 19 13 8 4 210 60 7 294
24 1987-06-06 MIN TEX W 3-2 13.0 12 2 17 1   57 4 293
25 2004-05-07 MIN OAK L 9-11 12.2 15 11 11 4 259 64 7 293
26 2012-06-17 MIN MIL W 5-4 15.0 15 4 7 1 250 66 7 290
27 1964-09-29 MIN KCA L 6-7 15.0 10 7 13 3   61 8 290
28 2001-06-19 MIN CLE W 10-9 12.0 16 9 6 5 220 58 5 290
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/29/2016.

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All data used on this page was gleaned from Baseball-Reference.com

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