When Major League Baseball does something stupid, we at Getting Blanked are fairly quick to mock or spew forth angry venom. It’s usually because the only two things that generate close to as many page views as allegations without base are mockery and angry venom. And of course, pictures of Megan Fox or whoever fourteen year old boys are fantasizing over at that moment.

So, it’s only fair that when Major League Baseball gets something right that we point to it and celebrate it before quickly moving on to the rest of a link dump. In this instance I’m writing about MLB’s decision to eliminate off days during the playoffs, except for travel days.

In the past, non-traveling off days were introduced as a means of ensuring that a single day of television coverage wasn’t overloaded with four games. However, this year, baseball fans will get at least one day with four games (October 1st), and could get another (October 4th) if neither of the American League Division Series end in a sweep. The playoffs begin on September 30th, with the Championship Series games scheduled to begin on October 8th.

The World Series will start on October 19th and finish on October 27th at the latest, which means baseball fans will actually be able to show up at October 31st festivities a bit earlier this year. Thank/blame Bud Selig, Halloween party hosts.

For your edification, here are the schedules in full, with start times still to be determined:

DAY DATE SERIES NETWORK
Friday September 30th ALDS A, Game 1 TBS/RSN
Friday September 30th ALDS B, Game 1 TBS/RSN
Saturday October 1st ALDS A, Game 2 TBS/RSN
Saturday October 1st ALDS B, Game 2 TBS /RSN
Saturday October 1st NLDS A, Game 1 TBS/RSN
Saturday October 1st NLDS B, Game 1 TBS/RSN
Sunday October 2nd NLDS A, Game 2 TBS/RSN
Sunday October 2nd NLDS B, Game 2 TBS/RSN
Monday October 3rd ALDS A, Game 3 TBS/RSN
Monday October 3rd ALDS B, Game 3 TBS/RSN
Tuesday October 4th ALDS A, Game 4 TBS/RSN
Tuesday October 4th ALDS B, Game 4 TBS/RSN
Tuesday October 4th NLDS A, Game 3 TBS/RSN
Tuesday October 4th NLDS B, Game 3 TBS/RSN
Wednesday October 5th NLDS A, Game 4 TBS/RSN
Wednesday October 5th NLDS B, Game 4 TBS/RSN
Thursday October 6th ALDS A, Game 5 TBS/RSN
Thursday October 6th ALDS B, Game 5 TBS/RSN
Friday October 7th NLDS A, Game 5 TBS/RSN
Friday October 7th NLDS B, Game 5 TBS/RSN
DAY DATE SERIES NETWORK
Saturday October 8th ALCS Game 1 FOX/RSN
Sunday October 9th NLCS Game 1 TBS/RSN
Sunday October 9th ALCS Game 2 FOX/RSN
Monday October 10th NLCS Game 2 TBS/RSN
Tuesday October 11th ALCS Game 3 FOX/RSN
Wednesday October 12th ALCS Game 4 FOX/RSN
Wednesday October 12th NLCS Game 3 TBS/RSN
Thursday October 13th ALCS Game 5 FOX/RSN
Thursday October 13th NLCS Game 4 TBS/RSN
Friday October 14th NLCS Game 5 TBS/RSN
Saturday October 15th ALCS Game 6 FOX/RSN
Sunday October 16th NLCS Game 6 TBS/RSN
Sunday October 16th ALCS Game 7 FOX/RSN
Monday October 17th NLCS Game 7 TBS/RSN
DAY DATE SERIES NETWORK SITE
Wednesday October 19th The 107th World Series, Game 1 FOX/RSN N.L. City
Thursday October 20th The 107th World Series, Game 2 FOX/RSN N.L. City
Friday October 21st OFF DAY
Saturday October 22nd The 107th World Series, Game 3 FOX/RSN A.L. City
Sunday October 23rd The 107th World Series, Game 4 FOX/RSN A.L. City
Monday October 24th The 107th World Series, Game 5 FOX/RSN A.L. City
Tuesday October 25th OFF DAY
Wednesday October 26th The 107th World Series, Game 6 FOX/RSN N.L. City
Thursday October 27th The 107th World Series, Game 7 FOX/RSN N.L. City

And The Rest

Bryce Harper, future member of the Toronto Blue Jays, was thrown out of his Double A game last night after arguing balls and strikes with the umpire. I can’t imagine why he might have ejected him.

Florida Marlins shortstop, and future member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Hanley Ramirez was finally placed on the Disabled List with his shoulder sprain. Logan Morrison was non-plussed, so he should be a member of the Blue Jays fairly soon as well.

Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson vocalizes his hatred of the Oakland Athletics. With negative things like that to say, the Toronto Blue Jays might be interested in this free agent during the offseason.

Proving the valuable insight that all hitting coaches have, Dave Magadan suggests that the Home Run Derby messed up Adrian Gonzalez’s power swing.

Cleveland Indians rookie Jason Kipnis had the best game of his young career during an important showdown against the Detroit Tigers last night.

New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson made up for getting picked off two nights ago by hitting two home runs, one equalizing his previous career high, and the other surpassing it.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are now leading the National League West.

Baseball bats are being bought up in England after riots, but why baseball bats and not cricket bats?

If Houston Astros pitcher Wandy Rodriguez goes on waivers later this month, which is expected, he should have several suitors.

DJF and Steal of Home have found the man in white.

Tampa Bay Rays rookie starter Alex Cobb is done for the year after a doctor’s examination revealed that he’d need season ending surgery on his ribs.

The favourite basebrawls of the Baseball Prospectus staff.

The Milwaukee Brewers were alright with the Colby Rasmus trade.

Dan Uggla extended his hit streak to 31 games.

Part of the reason that Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge accepted a demotion to Triple A was that management promised him they’d call him back up in September.

Brandon Phillips has an elbow that looks like a balloon.

Finally, Andrew Bailey is the subject of the latest edition of The Closers:

Comments (8)

  1. You forgot to mention Logan Morrison, who is often TOO vocal, will soon be a member of the Toronto Blue Jays

  2. The best part of the baseball vs. cricket bat story is how the two sports have a different size cup and the writer has ZERO clue why that would be the case.

  3. Eliminating off-days during the playoffs should give a big edge to teams with deeper starting pitching since it’s harder to find extra days to give your top-of-the-rotation studs rest.

    Not that I’d have bet against the Phils this year anyway (simply because you can’t pick who’s going to come out of the AL with anywhere near the same amount of certainty), but this helps their chances that much more.

  4. Still not sold that everything breaks their way the same borderline-ludicrous way it did last year.

    The Phils’ run differential alone shows they’re in a different class than anyone else in the NL (nearly EIGHTY better than the Braves). They’ve scored over a hundred more runs than the Giants while giving up almost 40 less. They have more road wins than the Giants have home wins. That’s redonkulous.

    Or, to put it another way: if we stacked up the leagues into one big old-school division, the Giants would be further behind the Phils at the start of play today than the Jays are behind the Red Sox.

    (Plus, the Giants needed what might be the most favourable matchup they have – Freak v Oswalt – to avoid being swept at home by Philly last week)

    And, that other small thing – are we even sure they’ve better than Arizona?

  5. He totally should have went with Duck Sauce.

  6. Good move by MLB on the off days, but I would go a step further and eliminate even the travel day off in the LDS and one of the two travel days in the LCS and the WS. There’s hardly any travel days in the regular season; let’s see teams use all 5 starters.

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