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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Schoenfield: Ten important notes on 2013 schedule

It seems a little early to be talking about 2013, but the schedule was released today, so a few quick thoughts:

1. Interleague play—every day!

With the Astros moving to the American League and giving us 15 teams in each league, this of course becomes the shiny new toy of the 2013 schedule. MLB did the smart thing by giving the Astros a home opener against the Rangers, in what should become one of baseball’s best rivalries—if initially lopsided for a few years. Moving to the AL West will force the Astros to think bigger; competing against the deep pockets of the Rangers and Angels should prove to be a tougher challenge than competing in the NL Central.

It seems a little early to be talking about 2013, but the schedule was released today, so a few quick thoughts:

1. Interleague play—every day!

With the Astros moving to the American League and giving us 15 teams in each league, this of course becomes the shiny new toy of the 2013 schedule. MLB did the smart thing by giving the Astros a home opener against the Rangers, in what should become one of baseball’s best rivalries—if initially lopsided for a few years. Moving to the AL West will force the Astros to think bigger; competing against the deep pockets of the Rangers and Angels should prove to be a tougher challenge than competing in the NL Central.

Thanks to Jo

Repoz Posted: September 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4234227)
Was it really necessary to post the same paragraph twice in the intro?
   2. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: September 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM (#4234231)
May 27-30: Cubs and White Sox play four straight games - the first two on the South Side and the last two on the North Side.
   3. Mike Webber Posted: September 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4234243)
Anyone got a Sabr convention date guess?
   4. esseff Posted: September 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM (#4234246)
May 27-30: Cubs and White Sox play four straight games - the first two on the South Side and the last two on the North Side.


Looks like all the geographic rivals are doing that on those same four days.
   5. dr. scott Posted: September 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4234278)
As an A's fan, I for one welcome the Astros to our division.
   6. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: September 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM (#4234282)
Anyone got a Sabr convention date guess?

Summer weekends the Phillies are in town:
June 21-23
July 5-7
July 12-14
August 2-4
August 16-18
August 23-25

I doubt it'll be either of the last two or the Fourth of July.

So that leaves June 21-23, July 12-14, and Aug. 2-4.

Since I've been going, they've never had one as early as June 21-23. So probably one of the other two weekends.
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 12, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4234283)
bitter

happens quite a bit with the messed up, confounded, doesn't work submit system
   8. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: September 12, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4234299)
Looking at the dates at my old SABR programs a little more, they rarely have it in mid-July. In the last nine SABRs ....

They've had it in late June or early July three times (Cleveland, Minnesota, Seattle). All began-ended from June 26 to July 1.

They've had it in late July or early Aug. four times (St. Louis, DC, Toronto, Atlanta). All began-ended from July 26 to Aug. 8.

In between July 1 and July 26, just two: LA (July 6-10) and Cincinnati (July 15-18)

Just based on the dates available and when SABR likes to host thins, I'd guess Aug. 2-4 is the most likely weekend. Phillies host the Braves.
   9. Don Malcolm Posted: September 12, 2012 at 08:56 PM (#4234318)
happens quite a bit with the messed up, confounded, doesn't work submit system

Actually, Harvey, they do it whenever they have an article that's a little soft on heft....they figure it gives the impression of heft that would melt away if they printed the actual third and fourth paragraphs....
   10. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 12, 2012 at 09:05 PM (#4234321)
If SABR is June 21-23, I won't be there. I'm guessing July 12-14, though.

-- MWE
   11. puck Posted: September 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4234351)
I guess that's not so bad...I thought there would be more interleague play for each team, but it seems pretty close.
   12. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: September 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4234375)
MLB did the smart thing by giving the Astros a home opener against the Rangers, in what should become one of baseball’s best rivalries—if initially lopsided for a few years.


Why is that "the smart thing?" Don't home openers almost always sell out? Seems like it would be better to put rivalry games on dates that have generally lower attendance.

Or is it all about the TV revenue?
   13. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM (#4234379)
Why is that "the smart thing?" Don't home openers almost always sell out? Seems like it would be better to put rivalry games on dates that have generally lower attendance.

According to the piece, the Red Sox and Yankees are facing each other to start the season as well.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM (#4234386)
Why is that "the smart thing?" Don't home openers almost always sell out?

Probably trying to ensure that it does sell out -- be kinda embarrassing for the Astros not to sell out their first AL opener. Plus if there really are a substantial number of fans who are deeply annoyed by the swith to the AL, sucker in the "geographic rivalry" punters. (I am not sure either group numbers more than 10 people. :-)
   15. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM (#4234392)
I sure know one soon-to-be-ex-Astros fanette who won't be attending that interleague Opening Day game. (smile)
   16. Xander Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM (#4234413)
Probably trying to ensure that it does sell out -- be kinda embarrassing for the Astros not to sell out their first AL opener.
Yup. They want to put their best foot forward now that they're in a real league.
   17. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM (#4234437)
I sure know one soon-to-be-ex-Astros fanette who won't be attending that interleague Opening Day game. (smile)


If it were still an interleague game, she might.

   18. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 13, 2012 at 07:28 AM (#4234493)
According to the piece, the Red Sox and Yankees are facing each other to start the season as well.



Yeah, I hate that. Let Opening Day stand on its own, the Yankees/Sox (or Astros/Rangers or whatever rivalry you want to pick) should not get in the way of the Opener.
   19. Dangerous Dean Posted: September 13, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4234950)
I am a Rangers fan who lives a lot closer to Houston than Arlington. I will be in Houston for that opener, proudly wearing my Rangers gear.

#5: +1. The last decade of watching Houston do so well in the NL Central against those weak teams has made me sick. I talked to my Astros friends until I was blue in the face about how the Lastros wouldn't cut it as an AL team even when they were good because they didn't have to face the Yankees, Bosox, Tigers, etc. Now that the Astros are a AAA team it won't really prove my point. But beating them like an Army mule will be fun anyway.

Welcome to the Luau, Astross. Oh, by the way, you're the pig.

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