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downstairs
04-11-2006, 09:44 AM
MLB still seems to schedule a ton of off-days early in the season, and less later...

I've always heard talk of them making that a bit more even, so make-up games are not such a pain to schedule.

Is that a dead issue now?

Hawkeroo1980
04-11-2006, 09:46 AM
MLB still seems to schedule a ton of off-days early in the season, and less later...

I've always heard talk of them making that a bit more even, so make-up games are not such a pain to schedule.

Is that a dead issue now?

its cold and rainy in the first 4-6 weeks so they try to avoid as many games as comfortably possible

Luke
04-11-2006, 09:58 AM
The weather can be so lousy, that they're forced to play a lot of make up games. The off-days allow for this.

viagracat
04-11-2006, 10:00 AM
I've heard that the day after the home opener isn often an off-day not only for the potential of bad weather, but also as an outlet in case for some reason, the park isn't ready for the opener itself. Also, some teams have to play a non-division opponent that may have their only appearence of the year right away, so the extra days off make it easier to complete a series without having to play a doubleheader or a PITA makeup game later on.

IMO, the season should go back to 154 games and start two weeks later. Some of the early April games are just brutal. But I know that'll never happen.

jdm2662
04-11-2006, 10:02 AM
Off days are scheduled after a home opener so a team doesn't lose a sell-out. They can simply schedule it for the next day. Add that in along with lousy April weather, and the fact more people go to June-Aug games then April, hence more off days in April.