MLB teams have been forced to take drastic measures to keep beer sales going as new rules shorten baseball games this season
SEVERAL MLB teams have decided to expand their alcoholic beverage sales due to new league changes.
With the pitch clock being implemented for the first time this season, games will run much faster, which has cut fans’ precious drinking time.
So, of course, changes had to be made. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Four MLB teams chose to sell alcohol through the eighth inning this season.
The first franchises to take this action are the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers.
Most stadiums stop selling alcohol after the seventh inning.
However, some teams haven’t ruled out the idea entirely — the New York Mets and Miami Marlins are also reportedly considering the change.
The pitch clock has made games significantly faster.
The average playing time in the preseason sample size is 31 minutes faster than last year.
If this continues, it will be the fastest season since 1984, according to ESPN.
Rick Schlesinger, the Brewers’ president of business operations, told MLB.com that the plan to expand sales is an experiment.
“If this turns out to be causing a problem, or we think it might cause a problem, we will revert to what we were doing before,” Schlesinger said.
MLB announces it doesn’t control when franchises can and can’t sell alcohol.