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Friday, July 11, 2008

Korea Times: No Night Baseball Games to Save Energy?

Will MLB see more Cubs-like schedules in its future?

On Tuesday 6:30 p.m., six lighting towers in Jamsil Stadium in southern Seoul, began shining over the 30,000-seat baseball field.

More than two thirds of the seating was empty yet it was bright enough to play the game without artificial light. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the match between LG Twins and Doosan Bears was over at around 10:00 p.m., and the lights remained turned on for another 30 minutes to clean the venue.

The stadium consumed 3,120 kilowatts (KW) of electricity that night alone, according to the game management office. Given a household consumes an average of 500 KW a month, the ballpark used the same amount of electricity that a household can use for more than six months in only four hours.

``Personally, I think a night game consumes too much electricity,’’ said Suk Eung-man, a manager of facility operation team. ``But we have no choice but to follow the schedule issued early this year by the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).’’ [...]

``As of now, we won’t consider changing the game schedule,’’ said Chung Geum-jo, a KBO general manager. ``If this energy crisis continues, however, we may consider changing.’’

The official said playing fast largely contributes to saving energy.

Greg Franklin Posted: July 11, 2008 at 05:49 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: July 11, 2008 at 07:32 PM (#2853148)
if they want to speed up the games, they should bring in some umps from the Eric Gregg school
   2. Cris E Posted: July 11, 2008 at 07:57 PM (#2853177)
How much would making batters keep one foot in save?
   3. DKDC Posted: July 11, 2008 at 08:13 PM (#2853200)
If 25,000 fans from 10,000 households spend 4 hours at the ballpark, that's ~55 household-months worth of people that aren't at home going back and forth between their refrigerator and big screen TV with all the lights on.

Isn't this a wash, at worst?
   4. Karl from NY Posted: July 12, 2008 at 01:12 AM (#2853560)
It all fits together so perfectly. Congress likes messing with baseball. Greens like messing with anything highly visible regardless of actual impact. Baseball games are too long, especially the postseason.

Solution: Legislate a maximum time for baseball games!
   5. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: July 12, 2008 at 01:23 AM (#2853582)
Karl, it is halfway around the world. Please wait for someone to actually propose it on US shores before whining about interventionist Congressmen and tree-huggers.
   6. 47YOUNEVERKNOW47 Posted: July 12, 2008 at 03:47 AM (#2853766)
From p. 19 of 7/21/54 The Sporting News

WHITE MAN "CRAZY" PLAYING AT NIGHT, SAYS SQUAW, 105

Sacramento, Calif. - Night baseball puzzles Mrs. Roxie Peconom, 105, who claims this is one of the strangest things she has seen since the white man took over her Indian country. "White man crazy," Mrs. Peconom declared. "Should play ball daytime. Sleep nighttime."
   7. BeanoCook Posted: July 12, 2008 at 04:40 AM (#2853795)
``Personally, I think a night game consumes too much electricity,’’ said Suk Eung-man, a manager of facility operation team. ``But we have no choice but to follow the schedule issued early this year by the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).’’ [...]

``As of now, we won’t consider changing the game schedule,’’ said Chung Geum-jo, a KBO general manager. ``If this energy crisis continues, however, we may consider changing.’’

The official said playing fast largely contributes to saving energy.


Nothing like a movement that is all about lowering man's quality of life. Global Warming is an utter farce.
   8. Lassus Posted: July 12, 2008 at 04:43 AM (#2853797)
Greens like messing with anything highly visible regardless of actual impact.

All I want is for people to use fewer plastic bags and less toilet water. I am obviously trying to make a buck with my high-profile environmental agenda.

"Greens" - That one made me laugh, for some reason.

EDIT:

"Nothing like a movement that is all about lowering man's quality of life. Global Warming is an utter farce."

Huh? I guess even if I disagree I do follow your larger - if ultimately selfish, in my opinion - point about quality of life. But is Korea playing baseball games during the day instead of at night such a quality of life issue for you that it really deserves such venom?
   9. Karl from NY Posted: July 12, 2008 at 07:37 AM (#2853845)
I was just trying to be funny, not to slam or start a debate. Sure, I recycle my newspapers and beer bottles. I do get really annoyed, though, by all the environmentalist hypocrisy. Flying a private helicopter to a global warming rally. Building the tiny little New Year's ball with energy-efficient bulbs while the rest of Times Square emits megawatts of neon light. Laws that mandate low-flow toilets at a sports stadium or golf course that consumes millions of gallons of water for irrigation. It's evangelizing for Holy Gaia, not actual environmentalistic practices.

(Ok, now I'm slamming. :) )
   10. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: July 12, 2008 at 04:49 PM (#2854008)
This article makes me think of this.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 12, 2008 at 06:14 PM (#2854063)
This article makes me think of this.

Man, that's some map. I assume that that one light in North Korea is coming from Kim Jong-il's palace. Do you figure he's got the Extra Innings package in order to catch the Cubs?
   12. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 12, 2008 at 07:04 PM (#2854111)
That's Pyongyang. If you live in Pyongyang and follow the rules you can live a good life, though still at the mercy of the government. Otherwise it's tough unless you are satisfied by nothing more than beautiful scenery.

Maybe the best books to read about how North Koreans think are not the books by terrorized people who have escaped, but the couple of mystery novels by James Church (pseudonym) about regular people trying to fit in in the society. The way they accept having no control over their fate or possessions reminds me of how the Europeans before the Industrial Revolution accepted that they were at the mercy of God. Which is not a good thing, of course.

Sadly, I was unable to figure out what was going on in the plots of the mysteries. Which may have been intentional, but still.
   13. Hal Chase Headley Lamarr Hoyt Wilhelm (ACE1242) Posted: July 12, 2008 at 07:13 PM (#2854115)
This article makes me think of this.

Here's a global version. Besides North Korea, other features that caught my eye were the upper Nile delta and the Trans Siberian Railway.
   14. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 12, 2008 at 07:26 PM (#2854132)
I used to have a poster like that on my wall. The Nile delta is amazing, just a long straight line, unmatched except for some of the Mediterranean coast and the US east coast.

I noticed others...like the entire island of Java, while the rest of Indonesia is dark except for cities. And the coast of Taiwan facing China is all incredibly bright, but not the rest of Taiwan. And Puerto Rico is by far the brightest Caribbean island. And Buenos Aires is the nexus of what looks like a huge spiderweb of lights.

It's amazing how bright just about all of India is, too. Then it stops dead when it reaches every country to the east. The contrast between west and east China is almost as strong as North versus South Korea.

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