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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2018 Season opens Thursday, March 29, with all 30 teams playing

The earliest non-international start date ever. The last time all the teams started the same day was 1968.

This also confirms that SABR 48 will be held June 20-24, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

I’ll set the over/under for games not completed on that day due to weather at 2.5

Mike Webber Posted: September 12, 2017 at 02:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: sabr, schedule

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

12up.com: Astros Pitcher Calls Out Rangers for ‘Greed’ in Hurricane Harvey Crisis

Quite a brushback pitch.

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros were scheduled to play a series in Houston this week. Of course, that had to be moved due to the hurricane. The obvious location was Arlington, but the Rangers were unwilling to take on the burden of switching up the home series. Put simply, this upcoming series would be switched to a home series for Texas, while a later set of games would become a home series for Houston. Seems easy enough. ...

Because Texas was unwilling to cooperate, the series was moved to Tampa Bay, a seemingly random location, but effective nonetheless.

The Astros were not happy about this considering the tragedy in the area. Pitcher Lance McCullers even took to twitter to call the Rangers organization classless.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 29, 2017 at 12:18 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hurricane, rangers, schedule

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The baseball schedule needs more days and fewer games

To this end, both MLB and the Players Association are trying to reduce the scheduling burden.

Besides the four extra off-days, the new CBA addresses other concerns, specifically travel. MLB has created an algorithm that produces an efficiency metric to score the difficulty of each trip based on such variables as travel distance and arrival time. To lower the scores, there will be more day games on getaway days to try to avoid 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. arrival times in the next city and shorter segments on multi-city road excursions.

I suggest going further with a slightly shorter spring training and beginning the season even earlier to gain a few more off-days. There is concern about Northeast weather in particular, but is the temperature much different on, say, March 29 versus April 4?

The sport must get as ironclad as possible that no team play a night game in one city and a day game the next day elsewhere — and the new CBA does address this in a stronger way.

Lastly, a shorter schedule must be considered. Until the early 1960s, there was a 154-game schedule, so there is precedent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:30 PM | 76 comment(s)
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