What inning is it?

This is a comment I made on Tom Tango’s blog, Inside the Book:

"I was happy to see Simmons take on the issue. Two minutes, maybe 2:15 to allow four 30-second commercials, between half-innings seems completely reasonable. If baseball does everything television wants, television will render the game unwatchable.

"It seems to me that it’s very much in baseball’s interest to have a typical game end in less than 2 1/2 hours. Teams hate home games on school nights, which I can understand. Who’s going to take the kids on a school night if you won’t get home before 11?

"What eats the time? Commercials and pitching changes. And Jorge Posada."

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