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No more World Series games in November, as MLB openers scheduled for April 1 next year

Jul 28, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

Bud Selig has said that he wants to avoid having the playoffs stretch into November and because of that Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that MLB plans to start next season on Friday, April 1 rather the traditional Monday Opening Day.
Here’s more from Nightengale:

It would be the first time a majority of teams start the season on a Friday since 1905, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The regular season would end Wednesday, Sept. 28 with playoffs opening on Sept. 30 or Oct. 1. The World Series is scheduled to start Wednesday, Oct. 19, a week earlier than the last two years. It would virtually assure the World Series would not be played in November.

According to Selig “anything we could do to finish in October is what I wanted to do” and players association executive director Michael Weiner is on board with the decision.
Last season the World Series concluded with Game 6 on November 4 and Game 7 of this year’s World Series is scheduled for the same date.

  1. ThatGuy - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    alayers association? How did spell check not get that one?

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Fine- now how many cold-rain-snow make up games will have to be made up anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line? We’d better start in Tampa-Baltimore, KC, Atlanta-Florida, STL-Houston and have some non-divisional games in the West.

  3. Sweepthleg - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Good move to get it done in october before College and NFL football along with all the NBA hype completely destory the World Series. Sorry to say it but if the Braves aren’t contending I hate missing out on a Sunday night game because of the World Series.
    Now if we can get NASCAR to finish up like 3 months earlier so i don’t have D-bags coming into the bar I work at asking me to turn the TV to it on Sundays.

  4. chase - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    If they would stop having all of these un-needed days off in between playoff games, the playoffs/ws could be completed it a couple of weeks.
    Why do you need a day off between games 3 and 4? YOU DON’T!
    The reason for days off is for travel – period.

  5. JBerardi - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Baseball starts slightly sooner? I’m for it!

  6. RichardInBigD - Jul 28, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Another awkward solution to an easy to fix problem. Is Bud Selig the most awkward human being to ever lead a sports league? Which day of the week is likely to have the greatest plus attendance by holding opening day on it? Is it Friday, when a lot more people are likely to attend a night game WITHOUT all the pageantry? Or would that be MODAY, like it has been for over 100 years? And what ever happened to the Reds being the first team to start their season, since they were the first team? And if the Reds WERE the first professional baseball team, who did they play? *credit to the late, great George carlin for the last question*

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