Today’s wild thought is so wild that I’ve been sitting on it for a few days – debating whether or not it was too wild to even share it. But, what the hey, here it comes…
Suppose, and it’s a not a leap to make this suggestion, that both the Marlins and the Rays do not get new ballparks in Florida and then have to vacate the state for greener pastures. That would leave the Sunshine State without a big league team.
If this were to happen, could we ever see a day where the Yankees might consider splitting their home schedule…where they play, say, all their April and May home games in Florida and then start playing their home games in the Bronx once the calendar turns to June?
Yes, sure, this would require some modifications to George Steinbrenner Field, fitting it for additional seating, etc. But, think about the benefits of such a plan.
The Yankees players would be able to escape the cooler weather in the Bronx during April and May.
Opposing teams would probably be happier to play in Florida during April and May rather than the Bronx.
The Yankees brand in Florida would be strengthened beyond it’s current state – which is presently in pretty good standing.
Baseball would be happy to have a big league team in Florida – albeit for only two months a year.
Florida would be happy to have a big league team – again, albeit for just two months.
The Yankees organization would be able to have two Opening Days – one in Florida during April and one in the Bronx during June – which provides more pomp and circumstance for the team.
Maybe the Yankees could opt to have different home uniforms for Florida and the Bronx – leading to more merchandising opportunities.
Maybe the Yankees players would get a tax break playing one-third of their home games in Florida? (I’m not sure on this – it’s just a guess.)
Lastly, for the Yankees organization, perhaps only having, say, 54 home games in the Bronx (as opposed to 81) would provide even greater demand for those tickets – creating an even bigger potential financial windfall for the team? (Ditto the supply and demand factor on those, say, 27 “home games” to be played in Florida.)
That last item would be a bummer for the fans…I admit.
Anywho, that’s today’s wild thought.
I warned you – it’s a real wild one. But, then again, the Chicago White Sox played some “home games” in Milwaukee during 1968 and 1969. So, it’s not as if something like this was never tried in baseball before…
What do you think? Could it ever happen? Should it? If it did, how would you feel about it?