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:
|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|
|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|
|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.
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.
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: