Mark Sheldon loves the 6:40 game times we’ve seen in Colorado (and Arizona). He suggests that the Reds should consider starting the games a little earlier.

I agree wholeheartedly. What do you think?

13 Responses

  1. renbutler

    Back when Indy was an hour behind Cincy in the summer, I loved when the games started here at 6:10.

    Now that our time zones are screwed up again (same time as Cincy all year), I would definitely support earlier starts.

  2. Bill Lack

    I would question the effect on attendance. The Cincinnati area has spread out over the last 25 years (many more people living further from the ball park). People that work have a hard enough time making 7:00 starts, much less any earlier. I think it would have a negative effect on attendance, though people may complain now of games ending too late, but IMO, this is due more to the length of the game than to the starting time.

  3. GregD

    I liked it when Indiana was an hour behind Ohio. I wished when they adopted DST that they would have switched to the Central Time zone to match Chicago time.

    I would guess that those of us who live out of town and primarily watch the games on TV would prefer the earlier start times, while the dwindling number of locals who are attending games this year need the later starts to make the game.

  4. Drew Nelson

    I think Bill hit the nail on the head. Baseball needs to address the length of the games and not so much the start time. We are allowing teams to drag the games out with endless batting glove tightening, pitchers walking off the mound and such. Games that lasted 2-2.5 hours would increase fans and still get games over by 9-9:30pm.

  5. brublejr

    Anything to get the games over sooner, be it start times, game pace, or whatever. There needs to be more pitchers like Mark Burhle getting it done quick.

    As far as game pace there are many things that slow the game down to a crawl such as: Guys with painfully long routines in between every pitch (who needs to tighten gloves every pitch!), pitchers like Owings who stroll around the mound every pitch, and managers that let a pitcher pitch to one batter (Tracy, LaRussa) [if a pitcher can’t get out more than one guy he shouldn’t be in the major leagues!!!].

    But I for one would love earlier game times because of the time I have to get up for work. :mrgreen:

  6. Travis G.

    I work until 8, but can sometimes sneak out by 6:45 p.m. and make it in time for the first pitch if I bust my butt and nothing unexpected happens, so I would not like an earlier start.

  7. per14

    I say start at the same time but MLB implement measures to make games 2 to 2.5 hours long again.

  8. GRF

    By the time you get back from work, get the kids packed up and to the game, the earlier time is tough, but a few spread throughout the year for variety would be fun.

    And totally agree on the length of game issue. Between pitchers taking forever between pitches (I am looking at you Micah) and batters then stepping out of the box, the pace has become maddening. Part of the attraction of baseball is that it is a slower game, but not this slow.

  9. Travis G.

    But at least everything that happens on the field counts, unlike football, where penalties wipe out much of what you see.

  10. Dave H.

    I live in Corbin, Kentucky, and it takes three hours to get home. I go to 4-5 games a year, but only weekends. Getting back home before midnight would make it easier to go to weekday games. Maybe start a couple games each homestand an hour earlier, and see how that would affect folks like me.

  11. The Godfather

    I like the idea of the earlier game time. I can see how it would be negative too. I live 2 hours away and getting there would be tough some nights. I agree with some of you on this one, give a few games a shot, see how it works, if it doesn’t then scrap it. Maybe start off with Thursday and Friday night games. Those two nights would be the most likely someone would be willing to take off for a long weekend.

  12. Chris

    Have you guys ever looked at the Rockies’ schedule? They have – no lie – something like 6 different start times. And there’s no rhyme or reason to it, like certain starts on Saturdays and others during the school year.