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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Joe Girardi thinks double headers ruin the quality of baseball

We’re set for a split doubleheader. Joe Girardi is not high on the concept, or on straight doubleheaders for that matter.

“I don’t like either one,” Girardi said. “I would vote for two seven-inning games, or you increase the roster for doubleheaders, just because it’s so hard on your team physically. It’s one thing if you have a day off after a doubleheader, but if you don’t, it’s really hard on you physically. I think it takes away from the quality of the game sometimes in a sense. So I’m not a big fan of doubleheaders ...”

Someone ought to introduce this sissy to Yogi Berra ...

The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: July 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: July 31, 2011 at 03:08 AM (#3889386)
“I would vote for two seven-inning games..."
You feel that strongly about it, Joe, we can always have you manage in the International League. Enjoy your trips to Syracuse, Toledo and Norfolk.
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2011 at 03:12 AM (#3889392)
Damned new-fangled doubleheaders. We didn't have any of these doubleheaders back in the olden days. Damned trendy marketing gimmicks.
   3. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 31, 2011 at 03:27 AM (#3889401)
Gotta think the Orioles agree after today.
   4. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: July 31, 2011 at 03:31 AM (#3889403)
Gotta think Girardi disagrees with Girardi after today.
   5. True Blue Posted: July 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM (#3889499)
Every Yankee vs Red sox game lasts as long as a double-header.
   6. Bob Evans Posted: July 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM (#3889504)
WELL, MR. GIRARDI, YOU'RE NO JAKE GIBBS, THAT'S FOR SURE
   7. Gotham Dave Posted: July 31, 2011 at 04:43 PM (#3889625)
Maybe if the average age of Girardi's roster wasn't 55 they could handle double headers better.

And yeah, this is pretty amusing considering how yesterday's turned out.
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 31, 2011 at 09:45 PM (#3889870)
That's too bad, because I'd like to see more double-headers. It's a distinctly "baseball" tradition and should be encouraged.
   9. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: July 31, 2011 at 10:10 PM (#3889885)
That's too bad, because I'd like to see more double-headers. It's a distinctly "baseball" tradition and should be encouraged.

Maybe, but you'll never see them again at the MLB level. Ever. The players don't want them ("I might get hurt!"), the owners don't want them ("Two games for the price of one? Never!") and the casual fan doesn't want them ("Who can sit in the hot sun for six hours?"). Hardcore fans like 'em, but they've already got our attention/money. So, no doubleheaders anymore. Ever.
   10. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 01, 2011 at 07:05 AM (#3890101)
Why not day night double headers?

I've always wondered why teams weren't scheduling saturday day/nights, say a 1 pm and 7 pm game, with enough time in between to clean the stadium and bring in an entirely new crowd. Personally I have trouble making night games with the kids, and usually my only option to see a day game is Sunday, which can be a little tougher than saturday to pull off.

Plus, if it became the standard for the MLB, it would provide a great way to shorten the season a few weeks.
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2011 at 08:01 AM (#3890109)
Maybe, but you'll never see them again at the MLB level. Ever. The players don't want them ("I might get hurt!"), the owners don't want them ("Two games for the price of one? Never!") and the casual fan doesn't want them ("Who can sit in the hot sun for six hours?"). Hardcore fans like 'em, but they've already got our attention/money. So, no doubleheaders anymore. Ever


I think that there is a real possibility that double headers will get scheduled as the post season starts to increase, I can see some arguments for having double headers(team decides if day/night of course) to shorten the schedule. It may not happen right away, but when they go to three rounds of playoffs and the voices for making the first round five games start to get loud, it's going to be shorten the schedule, extend the season out or schedule double headers as part of the season. The season has been extended nearly as much as it possibly can go.(of course concessions to the players might include increasing the roster size by one which might in theory help out)

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