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Improving America’s Pastime: Baseball | Suggestion #8 – No Late Games

By Martie Hevia | Blue Beach Song™

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“It’s a beautiful day for a night game.”

~Frankie Frisch in Bird Hunting In Brooklyn: Ebbets Field, The Dodgers & The 1949 National League Pennant Race.

Suggestion #8: No Late Games

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“It gets late early out there.”
~Yogi Berra

What’s up with East coast games on a Sunday night that start at 8pm and end past midnight?

That’s fine for us on the West coast watching it on television at 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon, but back East these late games make it tough for many people to attend or watch a late night ballgame that often stretches out into the wee hours of the next day.

These people with late night difficulties – unaccustomed, unable or unwilling to get by on a couple of hours of sleep due to a night ball game – include families with young kids, or people who have to work Monday morning, or older people, by which I mean anyone over the age of 25.

Seriously, MLB, can’t you start a Sunday night ballgame before 8pm? Yes, you can.

So, Suggestion #8 is that MLB games begin no later than 7:00 p.m. and with a little luck the games might end on the same day, you know, sometime before midnight.

And just think of how well rested all those ballplayers and umps and managers and fans will feel the next day… it might help with my Suggestion #5: Anger Management!


NOTE: This was the eighth of a 30-part series of posts offering suggestions (sometimes tongue-in-cheek) on how I would improve the game of baseball. This series is based on my original (very long) post: Baseball: How I (A Girl) Would Improve America’s Pastime, it provides the context for this series of posts. I hope you enjoy the series and offer your own suggestions! All the best, -Martie

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