The more pitches in a game, the longer the game. Recent Major League rule changes only tried to shorten time between pitches. Two types of pitches make games longer without much action:
The Real Strike Rule will motivate pitchers to throw in the zone more often yet keep tradition and maintain competitive balance between the hitter and pitcher:
“Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter“. A G Spalding, Pitcher, Manager, Team Owner
Do they keep with tradition? From Alexander Cartwright’s day until 1904, the “count” was changed several times. Originally, no foul balls were strikes, and “arbitrators” did not call “balls and strikes” until several pitches into an at bat. As pitchers became more skillful, rules were changed to save time. The “two-strike, fouled-bunt attempt is an out” rule was another change to reduce pitches and save time.