Having said that, however, I admit that one criticism is right on. As it's now played, baseball is too slow. Yes, it's the summer game, and nobody expects constant action when the temperature is 95 degrees in Baltimore. But the average ballgame in 1954, when the Browns became the Orioles, was two-and-a-half hours, and many games were played in about two hours. Despite efforts by Major League Baseball, games now often take three hours or more. Expand the time without increasing the action, and what should be scintillating can turn into a yawner.