Jabroni of the Week: MLB Schedule Makers

Posted: September 18, 2011 by Keith Stone in baseball, Bud Selig, jabronis, MLB

Major League Baseball released the schedule for the 2012 season this past week. I couldn’t help but notice that it kicked off on April 4. That means the last game is going to be played on October 3. With an expanded playoffs, the World Series might start in November. Here in the Northeast, it’s already pretty cold. It’s no fun to sit outside when it’s freezing for a four-hour baseball game, no matter how important it is.

This year, Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled to take place on October 27. It’s a little late but fine. At the same time, the season started in March. No matter what, there’s going to be games that are played when it’s far too cold. At least at the beginning of the season you can schedule them in domes and warm weather. The real problem is that the season is too long but nobody is ever going to change it. The teams make money off the additional games and traditionalists would throw a fit if anything ever changed. That’s why baseball is so ass-backwards to begin with.

Schedule makers, babies, I have a perfect plan for you. You’re never going to do it but hear me out. Change everything. Shorten the regular season to 100 games from the middle of April to the middle of September. Give teams more off days. We’ll see better played games. Extend the playoffs. Make every series a best-of-nine.

If teams are judged by their long-term resolve in the regular season, let’s see the same thing happen in the playoffs. Why should a team get eliminated after 162 games if they hit a three-game skid of bad luck? Feel free to realign the leagues and add additional teams to the playoffs. It never made sense to me that the AL West has four teams when the NL Central has six.

We’ll still get a World Series ending in mid-to-late October but this time the best team will really win. The extra playoff games won’t make up for the loss of regular season ones but they will be more exciting and engaging than the previous version. Baseball has been stuck in the past for a long time. Just because this is the way it’s always been done, doesn’t mean it’s the right way. If that was true, we wouldn’t have streaming porn. Turn the system upside-down. Until then, you’re a jabroni, brothers.

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