Aging Yankees on Pace for Best Day-Game Record

Older teams seem to do better in early games
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2011 3:55 PM CDT
Derek Jeter is no spring chicken anymore.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Maybe they can't concentrate when they're missing Wheel Of Fortune. The Yankees have the second-oldest lineup in baseball, and it may be the reason the team is on pace to have the best day-game record in history. They boast an .829 winning percentage under the sun, but a middling .476 under lights—which is also the biggest day-to-night game difference since night games debuted in the '40s, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Six of the 10 all-time best day teams were among the five oldest during those seasons, suggesting that veteran players perform better early in the day. First-baseman Mark Texeira, 31, thinks this is no coincidence. "As a 23-year-old rookie ... you're out until 3 a.m., and you want to sleep in and have a night game," he tells the Journal. "When you're in your 30s and you have a family, you want to go to bed early, because your kids get you up at 6:30, you want to spend time with them and be a father."

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