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The Mets were given a tough turnaround today

Sep 2, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

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I’m not sure who the Mets pissed off back at MLB scheduling, but their turnaround today is pretty brutal.

They played the ESPN Sunday Night game last night, ending a little after 11PM last night.  Today they have a 1:10 PM start in Atlanta, for the old day-game-after-a-night-game-in-a-totally-different-city special.  Their opponent from last night — the Nats — had to travel too, but it was a short jaunt to Philly where they get to play a night game. The Mets reportedly made it to their Atlanta hotel rooms at 4AM.

Is there any reason why that had to happen? Seems pretty brutal to me.

  1. uuddlrlrbastart - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    They were talking about this on the Met broadcast the other day. Apparently the collective bargaining agreement allows for a day game after night game in different cities provided the flight is less than two hours.

    What I don’t understand is why the Mets and Nationals played on Sunday night in the first place. Shouldn’t they schedule more relevant games for the September Sunday night games?

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      No one was happy with this scheduling. ESPN announcers were trying their best to make the game “relevant,” but really, no one besides Nats fans and Jayson Werth gives us much chance. By mid-July a moron could have figured out this game was highly unlikely to be relevant.

      Cards/Pirates wasn’t available?

      10,000 Nats fans had to leave the game early. At least ESPN didn’t show it.

  2. NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Eh, bus rides. Bryce was bored. Hope the bus driver didn’t follow his advice. No food on that bus? I need to start following @MilbProblems…

    @Bharper3407
    This bus is killing the game right now! Bored,Hungry, and tired! Not a good 3 to mix together! At least I got pandora! #GoFaster

    @Ian Desmond
    @Bharper3407 try playing in the minors for 6yrs.

    @Bharper3407
    @IanDesmond20 Complain to @MilbProblems! #dontlikeitgetbetter

  3. brianbowman16 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    That type of stuff has Benn happening to to Detroit Tigers for the last 4-5 years. Stuff like playing a 7 pm game in Oakland and then flying to Chicago the next day without a day off in between. It seems to happen at least twice a year.

    • dan1111 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      You had me trying to figure out who “Benn” is for quite awhile.

  4. giantboy99 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Punishment for trading Tom Seaver

  5. mississippimusicman - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Scheduling in general has been pretty brutal all year, for just about every team. I sat down with a spreadsheet early this season, and actually managed to make a mock schedule, with all of the same teams playing each other the same number of games, that had fewer travel miles and fewer of these types of turnarounds than any of the last three years. It also spread the off-days more evenly throughout the season, ensured that day on which games were scheduled had fewer than 8 games being played, and took into account early/late-season weather issues in various cities.

    It took me less than a week to finish. Why can’t MLB figure this stuff out?

    • jwbiii - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      That’s pretty much the way that they used to do it from 1981-2004.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1936328

    • frank433 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      MLB also has to schedule around concerts and other events at the stadiums.

      • mississippimusicman - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Like yesterday’s 5PM start for yesterday’s Braves-Marlins game, which was bumped back to accomodate a Big & Rich concert? Just horrible (both the music and the fact that it messed with baseball).

  6. titknocker - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I might feel bad if they were say making minimum wage. But there not, tell them to man up and get their ass out there and play. A kids game at that I might add.

    • ptfu - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Regardless of one’s salary, sleep deprivation sucks. And money can’t buy time for a nap.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      What’s the relevance of pointing out how well-paid they are? It’s a fairness issue; plenty of other teams (also comprised of highly compensated players, probably more highly compensated than your average Met in most cases) haven’t been subjected to this kind of scheduling. Why do the Mets get shit on?

  7. thebadguyswon - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    The scheduling was a joke this year. How many “snow outs” were there? I seem to remember several. And Sunday night baseball – in general – is pointless. Its serves ESPN and no one else.

    • ptfu - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Snow-outs are going to happen. Teams in snow country still need April home games, and MLB can’t control the weather.

  8. Caught Looking - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    The Red Sox had a somewhat similar issue a couple of weeks ago when they played an ESPN Sunday Night game and then had to travel to San Francisco for a game the next day. In there case it was a night game but they did have to travel across country.

  9. thebadguyswon - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    They don’t need home games the first two weeks in April.

    • Bryz - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Oh yeah, let’s start the season with ~12 straight road games.

  10. larrybrown43 - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    One of a few reasons I don’t watch baseball anymore (and I was a big fan) is:
    * No reason for the Mets and Nationals to be a prime time game.
    * Did MLB ever hear of flex scheduling?
    * Day games are better anyway. Especially because they are so infrequent. Then this type of story would be non existent.
    * Too many games against the same teams (19). Especially the last month. It brings no intrigue. Sure if they’re in a dead heat but, baseball even lost that when adding more playoff teams.
    * Oh and ya, bring back the long ball. MLB lacks excitement and storylines. Unless you count a Cuban who can’t speak English yet.
    * Luckily, the NFL and college football are here!

    • Reflex - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Why the heck do you care about whether a Cuban speaks English..??

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Wish i had the time to write 150 words or so about things I supposedly don’t care about.

  11. larrybrown43 - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Simple, It’s kind of tough to market a guy who can’t speak English within the States. The LPGA suffers for the same reason; the influx of Asian women’s success.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I’d say that’s a minor item on the long, long list of reasons the LPGA isn’t popular.

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