Wednesday, November 06, 2013
So, who manages all of this? For almost a quarter-century it was the husband-and-wife duo of Henry and Holly Stephenson, two math and computer whizzes who did it all with nothing but a pencil and a piece of paper. This film is the story of how the Stephensons landed their first MLB contract and became The Schedule Makers.
This is the sort of thing that, if I didn’t already know about it, I would think was totally made up.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
As unveiled in June, the season opens with the historic March 22-23 Opening Series between the Dodgers and host D-backs in Sydney, Australia. MLB has opened seasons in Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo, Japan (2000, ‘04, ‘08, ‘12); and San Juan, Puerto Rico (‘01).
One week after the completion of that series, the 25th season of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” will begin the rest of the schedule on March 30. That Opening Night matchup will be announced later.
There are 14 Opening Day games on Monday, March 31. Fourteen of them are divisional matchups, including the traditional opener in Cincinnati, where the Reds start their 145th season with an immediate challenge from the National League Central-rival Cardinals.
The other four games that day include: an Interleague contest between the host Rangers and the Phillies; the Atlanta Braves visiting Milwaukee, the city where they were located from 1953-65, to play the Brewers; a matchup between 1993 expansion clubs Colorado and Miami, almost guaranteed to be Jose Fernandez’s next regular-season start after Wednesday; and a game in Oakland between the Indians and A’s, both of whom are battling for postseason berths now.
Nine games are scheduled for Tuesday, April 1, including the season debuts for the Astros and Yankees at Minute Maid Park. So begins a new post-Mariano Rivera era, meaning no player will wear No. 42 again starting with that game. The number was retired in 1997 throughout MLB to honor Jackie Robinson, and Rivera was wearing it before that declaration was made.
Posted: September 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
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