Take This Cheat Sheet To The Ballpark To Decide When To Leave

For 95% of games, you can leave:

  • During the 5th or 6th inning if the lead team is up by 4 or more runs
  • The 7th inning if by 3
  • The 8th if by 2

Also, this bit was news to me:

games typically range from long to comically long. The average nine-inning Major League Baseball game in 2017 took three hours and five minutes, setting an all-time record. With a new rule to limit mound visits, the average 2018 game is hovering at an even three hours, which is still longer than ā€œThe Godfatherā€ start to finish and would tie for the third longest mark in history.

Iā€™d like to see a rule going further, placing a limit on inter-inning pitcher changes (injuries aside).