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MLB Scheduling Stupidity, and Royals Flushed.

June 5, 2014

The Braves have two days off this week. I’m not really complaining for my own team–I only have one, Heyward. But the question bears asking: why? Just flipping around, the Jays have two days off the week of August 18th, but only had one day off in May (Victoria Cay if you don’t mind–a holiday Monday where getting 30,000 to the park should have been easy… and yes I know what game used to be played Victoria Day and that still hurts). The Red Sox had two days off the week of May the 5th. The Buccos have no such week, but were off the 8th, 12th, and 19th of May–three days in 12.

A 26-week schedule is 182 days. The All-Star break is an insufferable four full days now, so that leaves 178 days for 162 games. 16 scheduled off days. If you figure on four scheduled off days in April to make up for sketchy weather, and two more in early September to act as make-ups to get everyone on the same number of games for the playoff race, that leaves 10 off days for the four months from May to August.

10 days, 4 months. How can you schedule two of them the same week? C’mon. We have computers, people.

Extra Bags, Baggin’ on the Royals Edition: USA Today took a kick at the Royals this week. Link to the full article below, but there were two really interesting bits. First, this part was apparently written with a straight face:

This was the year it was going to change. The Royals, who had their best season last year since 2003, winning 86 games with a sizzling second half, were convinced their misery finally was going to end. It’s the reason they signed veteran starter Jason Vargas and infielder Omar Infante. They brought back starter Bruce Chen. They traded for outfielder Norichika Aoki. 

Yep, Jason Vargas, Omar Infante, Bruce Chen and Norichka Aoki are the keys to October.

More seriously, I didn’t know the Royals had first chance to move to the NL in ’98, when the Brewers ultimately went instead. Whitey Herzog throws up all over the bad decision not to move:

“That’s one of the most major mistakes in the history of ownership,” said Herzog, who managed the St.Louis Cardinals and the Royals. “It was natural to go to the National League. They would have had a natural rivalry with the Cardinals. The Cubs would be sellouts. People would come from Denver. And they wouldn’t have to worry about their offense.

“When I talked to [owner] David [Glass] about it, he said, ‘Everybody wanted to see the Yankees.’ I said, ‘Was there anyone complaining if you went to the NL?’ He said, ‘We got about a hundred letters.’

“I said, ‘Jesus, you’re running Wal-Mart and you let 100 letters change your mind? What a screw-up.'”

 Indeed. Full piece here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/06/02/last-place-was-not-what-kansas-city-had-in-mind-for-2014/9894861/

 

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