MLB 162 Game Format Should Be Changed To 154 Games: More Interleague + Less Division Games
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TV Contracts aside, this will never happen. But baseball should really grandfather in the schedule to be peeled back to 154 Games from the end of the contract of the last year on a deal with a network right now.
So why go to 154 Games?
Gone are the days when clubs sell out every single game. Fenway Park and Citizens Bank Park both went through huge consecutive sellout steaks in recent vintage. But recently there are not any clubs that sellout every game for a given year.
Each MLB club could easily withdraw 4 home dates on the calendar each. I am of the opinion that most teams would not suffer many losses at the gate either.
Say a team draws 2 Million fans for 81 games. Will they really lose much if the team goes down to 77 games. Particularly if they are siphoned off September contests?
We saw three teams in the National League Central make the playoffs, yet this is a phenomenal occurrence when you realize each club played 38 games versus the other two clubs. Their record versus the rest of the league was incredible.
With two playoff teams being implemented for each league, it simply doesn’t fly that teams play so many games within their Division. It could provide an advantage or disadvantage based on what Division.
I can foresee the Nats and Mets crushing the rest of the NL East next year – en route to a playoff position, while a team like the Pirates might win in the low 90’s next season, and miss the postseason since the Cubs and Cards reside in the NL Central too.
I would love to see more Interleague and more Inter Division games. I am not as steadfast on my stance on Interleague because the American League pounces on the National League.
For now, we will keep each team at a minimum of 20 games in Interleague.
162 Game Schedule breakdown
13 X 4 in your own division = 52 (72)
9 X 10 in your own league but other Divisions =90 (162)
154 Game Schedule breakdown
11 X 4 in your own division = 44 (64)
9 X 10 in your own league but other division (154)
Single Season Leaders ALL – Time if it were a 154 Game Schedule
Only Ichiro Suzuki (Hits) and Barry Bonds (HRs, BB, OBP and SLG) hold records for the single season marks
HRs: Babe Ruth. NYY (1927): 60 and XBH – 119 (1921)
RBI: Hack Wilson, CHC (1930): 191
Hits: George Sisler, STL (1920): 257
BA: Hugh Duffy, BOS (1894): .440
2B: Earl Webb, BOS (1931): 67
3B: Chief Wilson, PIT (1912): 36
R: Billy Hamilton, PHI (1894): 191
SB: Hugh Nicol, CIN (1887): 138
SF: Gil Hodgers, BRO (1954): 19
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Posted on November 24, 2015, in MLB Interleague and tagged babe ruth, barry bonds, Chief Wilson, earl webb, george sisler, Gil Hodges, Hack Wilson, Hugh Duffy, Hugh Nichol, ichiro suzuki, MLB Interleague, MLB schedule, MLB Team Fatigue, single season record holders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.