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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reds move up Opening Day to accommodate parade

And the Tupolev Tu-160’s are all gassed up for parade flyovers!

Thanks to a concession by the Marlins, the Reds were able to move Opening Day up to Thursday, April 5, at 4:10 p.m ET at Great American Ball Park. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, April 6.

The Reds asked Major League Baseball to move the game up even before the schedule was announced in September.

The Marlins had to approve the switch since they are opening the season Wednesday, April 4, with a single game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the new stadium in Miami. The Collective Bargaining Agreement requires a day off after a single game.

“We’re thrilled,” said chief operating officer Phil Castellini. The Reds wanted the game pushed back for two reasons: To get it off Good Friday and to make it easier to hold the Findlay Market Parade.

“The biggest thing is staying away from Good Friday,” Castellini said. “The other thing is it’s difficult—if not impossible—for the market people to hold the parade on Friday.”

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2011 at 02:48 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jayjay Posted: November 16, 2011 at 04:45 PM (#3994824)
Why is there a single game in Miami against St. Louis? So the Cardinals can give Pujols his ring?
   2. will Posted: November 16, 2011 at 05:19 PM (#3994850)
Miami is opening its new ballpark.........
   3. Meramec Posted: November 16, 2011 at 07:09 PM (#3994963)
Good for the Reds for moving this because of Good Friday. That's a wonderful thing to do. I'm impressed with them. I don't ever recall hearing of this sort of thing before. Perhaps it doesn't come up much.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement requires a day off after a single game.

Does this mean the Marlins players had to agree to the switch? Or the Marlins front office? If it's in the CBA wouldn't it have to be the players? And if so how do we know which players will be affected? This seems like a clause the players union would push for, not the owners.
   4. Meramec Posted: November 16, 2011 at 07:22 PM (#3994995)
"We want to thank Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and the Reds and Marlins players for agreeing to move Opening Day to Thursday, April 5," said Bob Castellini, Reds President and CEO in a statement.

I guess I should have RTFA. So the players had to agree, even though there will be guys on the Marlins who will be affected who didn't agree. I suppose the Players Association as a group covers their interests.
   5. jayjay Posted: November 17, 2011 at 02:54 AM (#3995377)
Yes, I realize Miami is opening a new ballpark. Why a special one-game "series" for that? Has that happened before for a new park?
   6. TerpNats Posted: November 17, 2011 at 01:15 PM (#3995508)
Yes, I realize Miami is opening a new ballpark. Why a special one-game "series" for that? Has that happened before for a new park?
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