No Party. No Parade. No Nothin’. Baseball in November? Chalk it up to Greed.
As TSD’s resident Phillies fan, I was all prepared for a long sleepless night of baseball bliss — a celebration of the second World Championship in the team’s 125 year history. Instead, it’s the sixth inning and its knotted up at two, with the Phillies coming to bat. That’s all we know just after midnight as miserable weather has the upper eastern seaboard socked in. When will the rest of the game be played? Most likely not Tuesday as the weather is supposed to be worse. Wednesday? Maybe. It’ll be cold, but the rain is supposed to be gone from the Philadelphia area. I can hardly wait.
Folks — its the end of October in the Northeast. The weather is supposed to be crappy. Once MLB added the Division Series and all but eliminated regular season double headers, the already long baseball season, got longer. Now a World Series can go into November. Its happened once already.
The schedule needs to be altered somehow.
The players union and managers don’t want to see scheduled doubled headers anymore because it messes with their pitching rotations and the almighty pitch count. The owners don’t want to see them because the once wonderful “let’s play two” mantra from Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks means only ONE ticket price for TWO games — oops, can’t have that.
Here we are on the brink of November with potentially two and a half games left to play because Major League Baseball just doesn’t get it. We should all be used to it by now though — after all, its the magical and never ending joy ride of the Bud Selig Adminstration.
How can we fix this? Let’s try a few obvious moves first. Accepting that we’re not going to change the 162 game season, we need to have less off days. Let’s also begin the season in warmer weather climates and/or in domed or retractable roof parks. Early April brings showers, even snow up north. Make sense right? What does this mean? Califorinia, Florida, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, you guys and the select few indoor parks get to kick things off giving the season a great chance of getting those games in on time.
Next, travel days — shorten them up. Mondays and Thursdays are travel days. Make an adjustment here. And have a heart and bring back the double header. It can save an extra two days a season.
The All-Star break is three days long (always Monday-Wednesday). Often, a few teams don’t even play on Thursday making it four straight days without a regular season game. Unacceptable. Here’s the solution. The Sunday before the All-Star break, all games should be noon starts with no games played west of the central time zone. Immediately after the games, the all-star players fly to the All-Star City. Have all All-Star activities like the homerun hitting contest, etc on Monday afternoon and play the game itself on Monday night. Tuesday is the off day for travel and MLB goes “officially dark” for one day. Resume with at least a partial schedule on Wednesday.
These measures can all but assure the regular season to end by around September 22. The Division Series could then be over before October. Then things could get back to normal. The World Series could actually end before October 20th. It gives the baseball gods, not to mention, the paying fans a chance to not have to endure freezing rain and baseball played at 34 degrees.
And oh yeah, almost forgot…