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Bundle up! 2020 MLB opening day is March 26, earliest ever

NEW YORK (AP)—The 2020 Major League Baseball season will open March 26, the earliest big league opening day.

The Texas Rangers announced Friday they will play the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition on Monday, March 23 as the first game involving major league teams at Globe Life Field, their new ballpark with a retractable roof.

A person familiar with the schedule then said the season will open on Thursday, March 26. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was authorized.

And yet they wonder why so many early games suffer due to the cold…..

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: May 18, 2019 at 02:21 PM (#5843395)
And yet they wonder why so many early games suffer due to the cold…..



I don’t think they wonder about it; they just have a problem with 162 game schedule + three rounds of playoffs, and trying to finish the World Series before cold weather at the other end.

Don’t they try to weight the schedule towards southern locations and ballparks with domes early in the season? I don’t know what else they can do, unless they are willing to shorten the regular season, schedule more double-headers, or move the World Series to a warm-weather site (suggestion: play the World Series in Hawaii. They could play the games in daylight and in prime time.).
   2. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 18, 2019 at 03:11 PM (#5843403)
Teams in warmer locations/domes don't want to give up prime summer games for early season games which are relatively poorly attended.
   3. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: May 18, 2019 at 03:44 PM (#5843406)
Globe Life Field, their new ballpark with a retractable roof

That can't be right. I thought we had unanimously decreed that it shall be named The BDC Dome.
   4. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 18, 2019 at 04:14 PM (#5843411)
Teams in warmer locations/domes don't want to give up prime summer games for early season games which are relatively poorly attended.

There are months prior to those dates to make up the deficit. Play the first four series at home, then eight of the next 12 on the road, and everybody's on even footing before Memorial Day.
   5. Rough Carrigan Posted: May 18, 2019 at 07:48 PM (#5843449)
Jackie Robinson's first game was April 15, 1947. That's when the season used to start.
Yes, they had scheduled double headers. Yes, they didn't have 3 rounds of playoffs. But when they were starting on the basis of when it seemed sensible to start it was on April 15. That's still what makes sense in any city that has a real winter.
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:23 PM (#5843457)
Jackie Robinson's first game was April 15, 1947. That's when the season used to start.
Yes, they had scheduled double headers. Yes, they didn't have 3 rounds of playoffs. But when they were starting on the basis of when it seemed sensible to start it was on April 15. That's still what makes sense in any city that has a real winter.


154 game season in which the players had pretty limited righs, sure let's go back to those days instead of a system that the players have negotiated for more off days(which is clearly something they prefer much more than upping the minimum wage, which is a clear indication of how important that is)

I'm more in the camp that if mlb is going to extend the season that they need to make sure there are plenty of games every day of the season, instead of the computer approach to scheduling that they have take the last five seasons which creates oddities like only 4 games being played on any given day...... it's baseball once the season has started, there should never, and I mean never ever be less than 8 games on any given day.
   7. Kiko Sakata Posted: May 18, 2019 at 10:21 PM (#5843488)
Don’t they try to weight the schedule towards southern locations and ballparks with domes early in the season?


There's only so much of this you can do, though. The Cubs did, indeed, open the season with a 9-game road trip in Texas, Atlanta, and Milwaukee - the last of which has a retractable roof. But unless you want northern teams to start with a month on the road, the early start to the season still had the Cubs coming back to Wrigley Field by April 8th.
   8. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 19, 2019 at 12:10 AM (#5843510)
Baseball starts earlier? Awesome, less offseason.

Really the difference between March 28 and April 10 isn’t that big and I’d rather the World Series end in October whenever possible.
   9. Greg Franklin Posted: May 19, 2019 at 12:21 AM (#5843512)
TFA:
By starting March 26 instead of a week later on April 2, the 2020 regular season will be set to end on Sept. 27 rather than Oct. 4.


The 2020 election is set for Tuesday, November 3. Based on previous schedules, a normal MLB start date would put a World Series Game 6 or Game 7 on or around November 4. FOX has undoubtedly told MLB they don't want to air any WS games on or right before that date.
   10. AndrewJ Posted: May 19, 2019 at 08:45 AM (#5843523)
The 2020 election is set for Tuesday, November 3. Based on previous schedules, a normal MLB start date would put a World Series Game 6 or Game 7 on or around November 4.

Before playoffs were introduced -- and before the NFL took off -- it was a political truism that many voters didn't start paying attention to the presidential campaign until after the World Series.
   11. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: May 19, 2019 at 10:37 AM (#5843528)
Given what a #### show the 2020 election is inevitably going to be, I'm still planning on not paying paying attention to the presidential campaign until after the World Series.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 19, 2019 at 11:38 AM (#5843535)
Jackie Robinson's first game was April 15, 1947. That's when the season used to start.

And until expansion came along it often didn't take place until after the NBA finals were over. That was when basketball was pretty much a winter game only.

Yes, they had scheduled double headers.

Doubleheaders have a strange history. The only time that lots of them were regularly scheduled was between WWII and the late 50's early 60's, when with a few exceptions teams usually played about 20 or 25 each. After that they gradually got reduced to the point where a single admission doubleheader only happens in case of a rainout.

But before WWII, that's where it could get confusing. The only doubleheaders you'd see on the advance schedule were Memorial Day (AKA Decoration Day), the 4th of July and Labor Day. But after all the rainouts and other postponements kicked in, most teams wound up playing even more doubleheaders than they did in the late 40's and 50's, sometimes playing them back-to-back on as many as 4 consecutive days.

And the minors were even better (or worse). Just to take one random example, in 1947 the Yankees' AAA farm team in Kansas City**, played 153 games, of which 84 were part of doubleheaders, with only 69 stand-alone games. When sellouts and massive advance ticket sales were virtually unknown, owners would rightly figure that doubleheaders, especially on Sunday, would easily draw more than twice as many people as single midweek day games.

** Not to be confused with their later Major League farm team, the Kansas City A's
   13. bunyon Posted: May 19, 2019 at 11:42 AM (#5843536)
Dateline: 2036. Fox announced yesterday that this year’s post super bowl slot was awarded to MLB for their season opener. To fit the time slot, mlb announced the game will start in the bottom of the ninth with a man on second and the home team’s three hole hitter up. After each out, a military parade will occur on the earning track.

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