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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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