As of 2021, most games begin at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., or 7:30 p.m. in the local time zone, resulting in more night games than day games, despite the fact that baseball is generally played during the day. This is because many television networks have a policy of scheduling more evening games than morning or afternoon games on each team's schedule to avoid competing with popular television programs such as NFL football and NBA basketball.
Teams play on five days per week, excluding Sunday, which is set aside for rest and relaxation. Starting in April, teams will play 14 games per month, followed by 2 weeks of reduced activity before starting up again in early May with 14 more games.
There are three official rounds of baseball games played during a season. The first round begins with two games between each of the four teams participating in the World Series. These are known as the League Championship Series or LCS. If these games end in a tie, a best-of-three series begins with game two being played back at Game One's site while game three is held at a location chosen by special rules. If the LCS still ends in a tie, a best-of-five series begins with game one being played back at Game Three's site while games two and five are held at a location chosen by special rules.
Baseball games begin late because of time zone differences. If you live on the east coast and your favorite team is playing on the west coast, a game scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on the west coast will begin at 10:00 p.m. in your eastern time zone. This might be highly inconvenient for many fans who are unable to stay up so late to see their beloved team.
Baseball games begin at odd hours. Games are frequently started five minutes after the hour, like as at 1:05 or 7:05. You may even see a baseball start time of 7:07, 7:08, or something completely arbitrary.
Pregame activities at baseball stadiums often begin at the top of the hour. This also gives television broadcasters 5–10 minutes before the first pitch to conduct a game introduction and a commercial break. Baseball games begin at odd hours. Games are frequently started five minutes after the hour, like as at 1:05 or 7:05. However, there have been instances where they have begun as early as 1:00 and as late as 1:30.
In addition to the top of the hour starting time, pregame activities also include an announcement over the public address system that the ball is in play and a batter may now enter the game. If it is a doubleheader beginning at 1:00, then both games will commence at once. Otherwise, the second game starts about 30 minutes after the end of the first.
After this announcement, the umpires proceed to take their positions behind the plate and call for players to come to the plate. This is when the action begins!
Baseball has many rules that govern what can happen during a game. For example, a player can be called out if he fails to touch home plate with one foot while facing the pitcher or if he takes too long between pitches. A new player will not know all these rules so we will learn more about them as the season progresses. For now, we will just focus on how the game begins.
Baseball games begin at inconvenient hours owing to pregame activities and television contracts. This is because many fans like to arrive early at the stadium in order to get a good seat, have food or drinks, and meet up with friends or family members.
Another reason that baseball games begin at odd times is because baseball contracts require that each team play on televisions broadcast by one of the four major U.S. networks (CBS, NBC, Fox, and The MLB Network). These broadcasts must go from midnight to 1 A.M. Eastern Time, so most teams are forced to start their games after this time interval. However, some teams can be seen starting their games earlier due to local broadcasting agreements. For example, a team might agree to start its game at 7:00 P.M. so it will be available in their home market during the evening news cycle. If they don't start until 8:00 P.M., then no one will see them play during the nightly news.
The last reason that baseball games start late is because night games are more exciting to watch. In addition to seeing better plays due to less clutter on the field, fans also feel more involved in the game when it's dark out.