WATCH: The new LED light system at Dodger Stadium seems like a disaster waiting to happen
At the start of the 2023 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers instituted a new LED lighting experience at Dodger Stadium.
This definitely hasn’t been the first time the new lights at Dodger Stadium have caused some issued for not only the fans, but visiting teams playing in Los Angeles.
Basically, the problem is the lights are flickering and dimming too early. It happened against the D-Backs after Will Smith hit an RBI single to right field and Jake McCarthy basically threw the ball back to the infield in the dark.
Lights Out after Will Smith RBI Single
The Diamondbacks were also on record at the start of the season complaining about the lights and how it was hard to see pretty much anything after a pitching change while their relievers warmed up.
Umpires instructed pitchers to hold off on warming up until the Dodgers turned the stadium lights back on.
Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo said this following the incidents at Dodger Stadium
“I wasn’t too pleased about that,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “It’s the first game for everybody. Hopefully they figure it out. I’ll definitely bring it up with my group here in the front office here and just see what they think about doing. I don’t think anything was done maliciously. I just think they hit the wrong button at the wrong time and they need to be better at that.”
It hasn’t stopped with opposing teams and umpire crews either. Check out what happened Monday night after Max Muncy hit a home run to right center. The lights were off before the baseball landed.
Lights Out at Dodger Stadium before Max Muncy HR Lands
Obviously, that’s an issue.
I really don’t mind the lights going out, it’s just really bad timing by Dodger Stadium.
Muncy sends a 433 foot home run with an exit velocity of 108 miles per hour into the stands and no one has any idea where that baseball is going to land.
Can you imagine fans sitting out in the outfield trying to track a baseball so they don’t get hit in the head and then all of the sudden, things go completely dark?
You won’t be able to see a damn thing and I’m sure everyone is in full panic mode out there trying to avoid getting smashed with the baseball.
The entire thing just looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Dodger Stadium is bound to make a mistake by switching the lights too early and that ball doesn’t leave the ball park. It’s almost inevitable, then it’s in the umpires hands to figure out what the hell to do from there and as we all know, umpires making any type of decisions is a scary thought.
Honestly, given the issues from literally Opening Weekend and the fact that they are still having them up to last night, I’m really not sure why nothing has been changed yet. The MLB loves to update rules that no one cares about but apparently turning the lights off in a live baseball game hasn’t crossed their desks yet.