The Yankees announced that all Monday-through-Thursday home games in the month of April will start at 6:35 PM instead of 7:05 PM to "improve the fan experience of every guest at Yankee Stadium."
Of course the columnists and beat guys are on board. A lot of them commonly complain on Twitter when games go a bit longer than usual. God forbid you watch baseball and get paid for it!
Should the Mets and other teams jump on board? The Yankees didn't explain how the half hour head start will improve the fan experience, but here are some reasons for and against.
Overall, I have no problem with 7:00 start times. I love the 4:00 Saturday starts, and night games on the weekends are fun. The league just absolutely has to fix the Postseason times, and maybe this is a little test to see how it's received. I totally get the whole advertising aspect and desire for a prime time slot, but the sport needs young fans who can actually watch the grand finale.
Baseball is changing. Which is exciting. But kids are sleeping at midnight. Should probably start these games a little earlier.— The 7 Line (@The7Line) October 30, 2017
You want to get kids more interested in baseball. Build the sport. Get new eyeballs on the game. That's not happening right now.— The 7 Line (@The7Line) October 30, 2017