ANAHEIM - APRIL 24: A close-up picture shows one of the new Major League Baseball official game balls lying on the grass during the Detroits Tigers game against the Anaheim Angels on April 24, 2000 at Edison Field in Anaheim, California.
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MLB’s 2023 Regular Season Was Its Fastest in 40 Years

It was a great season for MLB, which had its fastest season in 40 years while seeing a big increase in viewership.

Major League Baseball had a spectacular 2023 regular season. On Monday, the MLB released its game time and attendance numbers for the season. The results — which were first posted on — were jaw-dropping. 

The average time of a nine-inning 2023 MLB regular season game was just under 2 hours and 40 minutes — the league's fastest in nearly 40 years. Games were 24 minutes shorter in 2023 than they were in 2022, and were a full 30 minutes shorter than they were in 2021. What's more, the average MLB game time dropped under 3 hours for the first time since 2015 — and was a full twenty minutes below the three-hour mark.

Considering the MLB's efforts to shorten game times in the past few years — which have led to league-wide rule changes like the 15-second pitch clock, limiting pitcher disengagement from the rubber, and decreased mound visits, to name a few — 2023's incredibly short game time proves that these changes, which received their fair share of criticism, worked just as they'd intended.

Fan attendance is also way up — proven by the MLB finishing the 2023 regular season with a total attendance of 70,747,365. This marks the first time MLB's attendance has broken 70 million since 2017, and is the largest growth for a non-COVID-impacted year since 1998.

Growth in fans per game was just as significant. MLB attendance per game in 2023 was 29,295, compared to 26,843 per game in 2022. For a one year span, that 9.1% increase (the largest in 30 years) is massive; further proof that the MLB is thriving right now.

Not only are MLB games getting shorter and drawing more spectators, but the game itself is becoming more action-packed. Per the Monday release, the MLB noted that Runs per game increased to 9.2 in 2023, compared to 8.6 in 2022; stolen base attempts per game were 1.8 in 2023 (up from 1.4 in 2022); and stolen base success rate went from 75,4% in 2022 to 80.2% in 2023 — which is the MLB's best stolen base rate of all time! 

Now we have the 2023 MLB playoffs to look forward to; which feels like a victory lap, considering how successful the regular season was. Yet, with some of the game's biggest stars playing on the game's biggest stage, playoff attendance records are sure to skyrocket — as will excitement. So let's sit back, relax, and soak these 2023 playoffs in.

Yet, since games are going by so fast, we'll barely have time to get comfortable. 

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