Baseball is only long if you don't enjoy baseball. I don't see how it is any longer with the replay, versus previous years where the manager coming out of the dugout and pleading with the umpire for about as long a replay takes.
It's not a huge deal. Without replay, Turner is safe on both steal attempts, changes the complexity of the game, maybe he scores eventually on those. Gausman doesn't make it through six innings as it's two outs he didn't get, his pitch count reaches 100 and some in the 5th and not the 6th. Maybe the O's lose.
Maybe the time it takes for the O's to record two extra outs might be same 8 minutes it took the Umps to get those two calls right. Maybe there is a mid-inning pitching change for Gausman since his pitch count becomes further elevated, and those take 3 or 4 more minutes. It all evens out. I actually don't think there is any correlation between replay making games longer. In theory yeah, if you stop games to make a call right it can take longer. But the alternative last night was the O's would've needed to record 29 outs instead of 27. Which takes longer then?
We're talking about a few minutes with replay. Who cares. Get the calls right. We're talking about minutes, or asking a pitcher to work two seconds faster to shave a few minutes off the game. It's minutes. You leave the park at 10:12 instead of 10pm some nights. Oh my god!
Here's one solution to shorten the games. When pitcher comes in from the bullpen in the middle of an inning, they take the mound and play resumes immediately. The reliever was just warming up. He has to warm up again when he enters the game? Give the new pitcher 1 minute starting from the time the manager takes the ball from the exiting pitcher, to deliver a pitch to the batter. You were just warming up for 10 minutes, lets go. No commercials for mid inning pitching changes. Read us his stats as he enters. You could probably shorten some games by 20 minutes this way.