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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New twist on Reds’ Opening Day - AL foe

The world’s an effed up place! Ghost Animal takes a long break, Gene Thomas dies...and now this!

The 2013 schedule is not officially set, but the tentative one has an interesting twist for the Reds.

For the first time in history, the Reds will open against an American League team. As it stands, the Reds will open on Monday, April 1, against the Los Angeles Angels at Great American Ball Park.

That will be followed by an off day Tuesday, then games on Wednesday and Thursday.

With the Houston Astros moving to the American League next year, there will be an interleague series going on throughout the season.

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2012 at 09:43 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: August 28, 2012 at 09:57 AM (#4219961)
Oh, sure. April 1.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4220084)
And the game will be held in Japan, with Spiderman ads on the bases. Also, the game will be shortened to six innings for TV reasons, FOX will introduce a "glowing baseball" to help viewers follow the ball, and players will be allowed to tackle baserunners in an attempt to cater to football fans.
   3. McCoy Posted: August 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4220097)
They've already released the promo material for this
   4. TerpNats Posted: August 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM (#4220102)
Has the scheduling format been set yet? We know teams will play 72 games within their division (18 x 4), and probably 70 games against the rest of their league (7 x 10). That would leave room for 20 interleague games, but apparently there is still discussion about whether there will be four or six games between "traditional rivals" (Chisox-Cubs, Yanks-Mets, Orioles-Nats, Angels-Dodgers, etc.) and whether or not teams would play all five teams in the other league's division. (One of them would probably have to be a four-game, 2h/2a setup; otherwise, you have a 9h/6a or 6h/9a split which messes things up.)
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4220137)
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4220230)
And the game will be held in Japan, with Spiderman ads on the bases. Also, the game will be shortened to six innings for TV reasons, FOX will introduce a "glowing baseball" to help viewers follow the ball, and players will be allowed to tackle baserunners in an attempt to cater to football fans.

All that's missing are some classy Turn Ahead the Clock uniforms, tastefully and unobtrusively sponsored by Century 21, the official real estate agency of Octavio Dotel and Major League Baseball.
   7. TerpNats Posted: August 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4220343)
More info from philly.com:

The Phillies will play 21 interleague games in 2013. They played 15 in 2012 and went 5-10 in those games.

The National League East will pair with the American League Central in 2013. In addition to Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians are scheduled to play in Philadelphia.

The Phillies are scheduled to make American League trips to Minnesota, Cleveland and Detroit.

They will also play a four-game home-and-home series vs. the Boston Red Sox with each city hosting two games. Boston serves as the Phillies' "natural rival" in 2013.
If the Phils are playing 21 interleague games, it probably means they will face Cleveland five times (but will the fifth game be at the Cit or Progressive?) Also, I would hope that Philly and Atlanta would switch Boston and Toronto as "natural rivals" in alternate years.
   8. bfan Posted: August 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM (#4220487)
I would hope that Philly and Atlanta would switch Boston and Toronto as "natural rivals" in alternate years.


It seems like a nice year to have Boston as your natural rival.

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