As home runs and strikeouts have increased, so has the time it takes players to prepare for every battle within an at bat, resulting in a game that's changed significantly in recent years.

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YEAR AVG TIME BETWEEN PITCHES (SECONDS) TOTAL NUMBER OF PITCHES TOTAL DEAD MINUTES GAMES PLAYED DEAD MINUTES PER GAME
2007 21.5 712,125 255,178.1 2431 104.9
2008 21.6 714,136 257,088.9 2428 105.8
2009 21.4 717,053 255,748.9 2430 105.2
2010 21.5 710,398 254,559.2 2430 104.7
2011 21.6 707,845 254,824.2 2429 104.9
2012 22.1 705,321 259,793.2 2430 106.9
2013 22.6 709,916 267,401.6 2431 109.9
2014 23.0 704,976 270,240.8 2430 111.2
2015 22.1 702,307 2586,83.0 2429 106.4
2016 22.7 715,823 270,819.7 2427 111.5
2017 23.8 293,717 116,507.7 989 117.8

DATA FROM FANGRAPHS, WHICH MEASURES THE SECONDS BETWEEN PITCHES FOR BOTH HITTERS AND PITCHERS BASED ON PITCHF/X TIMESTAMPS

SLOWEST PITCHER

MATT SHOEMAKER

Angels

26.7

SLOWEST HITTER

MARWIN GONZÁLEZ

Astros

29.4