- Associated Press - Monday, October 2, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues rose 4½ minutes this season to a record 3 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds, according to the commissioner’s office.

This year’s average, determined after Sunday’s regular-season finale, was up from 3 hours, 42 seconds last year.

MLB’s average had dropped to 2:56 in 2015 from 3:02 in 2014.

Baseball management proposed three changes last offseason the players’ association didn’t accept, and MLB has the right to start them next year without player approval: restricting catchers to one trip to the mound per pitcher each inning, employing a 20-second pitch clock and raising the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level - at the top of the kneecap.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has said he prefers reaching an agreement with the union.

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