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Major League Baseball to celebrate its 200,000th regular season game on September 24th

Aug 23, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

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Determining the number of major league games which have occurred in history is something of an inexact science. Record keeping was a bit spotty once upon a time. There’s the political question of whether you count the random upstart leagues that merged into or at least greatly influenced the National and then the American Leagues.  And of course you have to ask yourself why we don’t count playoff games given that they’re, you know, way more important.

But let’s save all of that and just go with it, shall we? Here’s the press release from MLB:

Major League Baseball will celebrate the 200,000th regular season game in its history during the last weekend of the 2011 regular season, as confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau, MLB’s official statistician.  It is estimated that the milestone game will occur during the full slate of games on Saturday, September 24th.  Because of considerations like rainouts and other potential circumstances, the precise game will be identified as the occasion approaches.

“We are proud of this achievement,” said Commissioner Alan H. (Bud) Selig. “And now that we have determined that we will not count any Cleveland Indians games which took place between 1969 and 1994 as ‘Major League’ games, determining our final count was made considerably easier.”

I may have taken that last quote out of context. I accidentally deleted the press release and wrote it from memory.

  1. titknocker - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    sounds about right….cleveland was terrible

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      Rachel Phelps was a horrible owner.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    “We are proud of this achievement,” said Commissioner Alan H. (Darth) Selig. “And now that we have determined that we will not count any steroid-fueled MLB games which took place between 1992 and 2008 as ‘Major League’ games, determining our final count was made considerably easier.”

    On a serious note, I figured out the day that I probably saw/listened to about 4,000 of these games in my lifetime. Small in comparison to 200,000.

    • nategearhart - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      “We also didn’t count any of the coked-out 80’s games, or the greenie-fueled/mound lowered 60’s and 70’s games (or any games that Pete Rose may have bet on), the Ty Cobb/Tris Speaker fixed game, segregated games, and any games featuring Roger Maris or Babe Ruth, because frankly some of their single-season home run totals are so ridiculous, there just had to be something fishy going on.”

  3. yankeesfanlen - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Oh no! An extravaganza almost coming close to Beep-beep’s 3000th hit.
    I hope it’s Astros-Metropolitans or something. Maybe the feesh so Gator can preside.

  4. kopy - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    So which game of the day is the lucky number? I want the league monitoring every first pitch in order to determine which one is #200,000.

    • kopy - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Or, actually, would it go in order of their conclusion? I could see the logic in waiting until they’ve become complete official games.

  5. sdelmonte - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Hm. The schedule includes Bos-NYY. So we can see both the 200,000 and 201,000 games, if you judge on hours plays of course.

    • sdelmonte - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      Meant 200,001.

      • Alex K - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        It’s much funnier if you count it as 1,000 games.

      • nolanwiffle - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        Never underestimate the value of a well-crafted abacus.

  6. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I checked the actual press release versus Craig’s memory and it matches exactly. Just in case you were wondering.

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