Cardinals, Orioles Implement Earlier Weeknight Games for '20
The MLB Cardinals will be "starting more home games earlier" in the '20 season, according to Dan Caesar of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. In April and the first half of May this year, the team "moved the first pitch of 15 weeknight games during the school year up by a half-hour" over their usual 7:15pm CT starting time. In mid-August, the team "returned to 6:45pm starts" and "stayed there" for the remainder of the season. In '20, the plan is to "implement the 6:45 starts for all weeknight games in April, May, August and September" apart from the home finale against the Brewers on Sept. 23. Average attendance for the Cardinals' 6:45pm starts this year was "about 2,000 ahead" of the comparable 7:15pm starts last season. Cardinals Senior VP/Sales & Marketing Dan Farrell said, "We wanted to expand slightly the window we worked with last year and still maintain the core summer months at 7:15." He added that the club has received a "very positive" response to the adjusted schedule. The Cardinals "aren't alone in starting weeknight games earlier," as numerous clubs also made the change (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/15).
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: In Baltimore, Jon Meoli notes the Orioles will "play 16 weeknight home games" at 6:35pm ET and six more afternoon weekday games in '20 to "allow families with children the opportunity" to go to Oriole Park before Memorial Day and after Labor Day (BALTIMORE SUN, 11/15).