CHICAGO -- After consulting with manager Joe Maddon, the Chicago Cubs have decided against starting Friday home games at 3:05 p.m. CT in the upcoming season. Citing "consistency" the Cubs will play all 13 Friday home games at 1:20 p.m. CT.
"When Joe said consistency of schedule would help us win games it became easy," President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said Saturday at the Cubs fan convention.
Maddon was annoyed at the many different start times his team endured last season which included several weekend series which would feature four different times in four days. Starting at 1:20 p.m. is more consistent with day games played on other days of the week. It's an even easier decision for the Cubs in 2016 because they don't return home from any road games on Thursday, making an earlier start time on Fridays more feasible. Kenney says the change actually goes against what fans have asked for in the past but has minimal financial impact on the team or attendance.
"They (the fans) enjoyed the 3:05 p.m.'s," he said. "It gave them a chance to work longer and still get to the game."
The Cubs schedule has been updated to reflect the recent decision. Previously, many of the Friday games were listed as TBAs. Kenney indicated they will revisit the Friday start times again before the 2017 season.