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Mike Scioscia: cut the season to 158 games

Sep 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

Mike Scioscia must fear watching a Twins-Phillies World Series being played among the snow drifts:

Mike Scioscia is a strong proponent of expanding the division series
from five to seven games and of finishing the World Series in October,
when there is a better chance of decent weather in the Northeast and
Midwest than there is in November.

The 162-game regular-season schedule would have to be condensed so
the postseason could start about Oct. 1, and that could be accomplished
by playing more doubleheaders.

But on Sunday, the Angels manager proposed something more radical:
reducing the number of games, not necessarily to the pre-expansion,
154-game schedule teams played before 1961 but something in the 158-game
range.

Bah. More baseball games, please, not less. I realize that split double headers are unpalatable to the players (long day at the office); and that quick-turnaround doubleheaders are unpalatable to the front office (reduced revenue from selling a ticket). Scioscia’s plan of reducing four games worth of revenue would be a non-starter for the owners.

You can’t have three rounds of seven-game playoff series and a mid-to-late October finish without risking crap weather either early in the season if you start early or late in the season if you go late. To expect otherwise is to expect that the law of conservation of matter (or perpetual motion or one of them laws) be broken.

I think we’re being too fearful of the weather to begin with. Yes, we could get snow in Minnesota or Philly in November. But we’re also just as likely to get a nice 65 degree sunny day and a cool but pleasant evening.

  1. mcsnide - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    There’s a much simpler solution: get rid of all the stupid off-days during the playoffs.

  2. ThatGuy - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    News flash, your just as likely to get snow in late september or october in Minnesota than in November. The difference in weather in those time periods isn’t that much.

  3. Will - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Well, that’s just crazy talk.

  4. Utley's hair - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Don’t you think that might give Left Coast teams more of an advantage over East Coast teams? It’s easier to adjust to a game starting at 4pm (i.e., three hours earlier) than it is to adjust to one at 10 pm (or three hours later).

  5. BCTF - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    News flash. YOU ARE WRONG.

  6. BCTF - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Average monthly snowfall for the Twin Cities (1971-2000 averages)
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
    13.5 8.2 10.4 3.1 .1 0 0 0 Trace .6 10.0 10.0 55.9

  7. BCTF - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    That’s supposed to read
    Sep: Trace
    Oct: .6
    Nov: 10.0

  8. Matt S. - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    “Scioscia’s plan of reducing four games worth of revenue would be a non-starter for the owners.”
    Oh, boo hoo. You get 158 games of revenue, what’s missing out on 4 more? Stop pocketing $30 million per year in revenue sharing and suck it up.

  9. cusoman - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Doesn’t matter, in MN you can still get a wallop of a snow storm in October. See: http://climate.umn.edu/doc/journal/top5/numberthree.htm And remember,
    Of course, this is the extreme side of things and you can’t expect it, but remember that that snow storm occurred just 4 days after the Twins won the WS that year.

  10. RickB - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Fear of a snowy Twins-Phillies series? How about a Twins-Rockies series?

  11. Tony A - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    If it wasn’t for the fact that the Reds actually have a shot at the post season, I’d be rooting for a Padres-Rangers series that only went 4 games just so the buttholes at Fox would lose their shirts.

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