Do like Nippofewer games and have expanded rosters with double headers on Fri.Sat.Sun. Games only. With make up games during the week. Nine inning or seven inng games with a 1.5-2.5 hour time limit. If it ends in a tie so be it. With the younger generations you have to change. Also you can start later and end earlier to avoid the cold and rain. Also you could get more kids to come , that's your life blood:)
It's ridiculous that teams have to play 162 games just to see if they make it to the playoffs, where they might then be eliminated by losing as few as three games (one if you're a wild card team). If you're the owner of a team, and you require 162 games just to see if they're a playoff-caliber team, where the playoffs are only a month long, then you're a f%#king idiot. It should require 100 games at most. If you make August the playoff month instead of October, then not only are you no longer conflicting with the NFL season, but you're not distracting young students from their homework and their education in the beginning of the new school year.
Here's my proposed schedule: spring training starts at the beginning of April and goes for three weeks. Season begins in late April and runs through July, with scheduled doubleheaders and some days left open for weather cancellation allowances. All-Star Break is moved from mid-season to the last three days of July. Postseason begins in August with a three-game Wild Card series (1 game at 5th seed's stadium then 2 games at 4th seed's) instead of a single game. Division Series remains the same. Championship Series and World Series change from 2-3-2 to 3-3-1 to ensure lower seeded team NEVER receives more home games. World Series homefield advantage is no longer decided by the All-Star Game, but instead by the team that goes to the World Series with the better postseason record (tiebreaker season record).
Not only would I cut the season down to 99 games, I would shorten the game down to 7 innings.
Each team can play 33 (3) game series, 6 man rotations, 6 games per week. Eliminate the shift.
Playoffs will consist of 1 game for the first round, 3 games for the second round, 5 games for the LCD and 7 for The World Series.
And for the good of the game, the owners need to stop denigrating their players and quit living in the past.
They should play 156 games. They should also play day/night doubleheaders during the summer months when the kids are out of school. The goal would be to end the season on September 15th. It doesn't matter what day it fell on, baseball is like that, the day of the week doesn't make a difference.
So end the season on September 15th and start the playoffs two days later (to allow for tie-breaker games). The first round would be a 3 game series (no more 1 game playoff that everyone I know hates) with the first two games played as a day/night doubleheader in the best record ballpark. Win both and advance, lose one and the series shifts to the other ballpark for the deciding game 3.
It would take 4 days for both leagues to play their wildcard series, so on September 22nd the second round five game series would start. It would take 7 days to play out these series, ending on September 29th (extra days each series allow for rainouts). September 30th begins the league championships. These are 7 games and would take 10 days to play. They would end on October 9th.
The World Series is 7 games and would begin October 10th, ending no later than October 20th. That's only if it went 7 games, many years the series would end a few days earlier. Weather usually turns in the northern cities about the middle of October. Ensuring there is no play the last eleven days of October decreases the odds of bad weather messing with the game.
Why 156 games? Expand to 32 teams, say Portland and Charlotte. Organize into 4 eight team divisions. Your team would play its own division rivals 12 times each, 7 x 12 is 84 games, so over half your games would be against your division. There would be 8 other teams in your league, play them each 6 times. 6 x 8 is 48 games, which adds up to 132 games.
Then save Interleague play, with your team alternating between each division in the other league, 3 games. 3 x 8 teams is 24 Interleague games per year which adds up to 156 games. The beauty of this is that every team plays the same schedule of teams. No more Interleague advantages! Teams would alternate divisions so you would play every team in the other league every other year. You would alternate home/away, so every 4th year you would host another league team, every 2nd year you would be in their ballpark.
This would allow everyone to play everyone else, if only every other year. The end result would be a balanced schedule that allows each 8 team division to have 2 playoff teams, with another 2 wild card teams per league. 12 playoff teams, 6 per league.
The 2nd place finishers would square off with the 2 wild card teams in the 3 game series. The two first place teams would earn a bye the first round.
Once the football season starts, I forget about baseball. I can't believe it is still going on and will not end until Nov 4 if there is a seven game world series.
We are already heavily into the Fall, the boys of summer need to go home. It is just not baseball season anymore.
Games would be more meaningful The season is long enough to the point that many of the games are irrelevant to the overall playoff picture. Having a shorter more meaningful season would increase TV audiences, provide a more quality showing by the players, keep the athletes healthier and make the playoff picture overall more competitive.
They should shorten the season so that baseball is over by the time college football starts; 100-120 games is all you need. This would make the games more meaningful and more intense. Football is king in this country because it is so intense and the fact that there are fewer games only adds to its popularity. While baseball still has a tremendous following at the local level it still is not as interesting for most of the people who claim to be fans. Go to the games and observe what people are doing. There is more eating, talking and drinking beer than there is observance of what is occurring on the field. This changes when the playoffs start because the games are more significant by then. The baseball historian would argue that the hallowed baseball records are historic and that changing the number of games play would damage that historical continuity. I argue that these historic numbers are not hallowed anyway due to the fact that baseball had two era's that are severely tainted; the pre-integration days and the steroid era. How can anyone claim that these numbers have real significance when some of them were amassed during an era where tremendous athletes that would have impacted the game were not allowed to compete because of their skin color? The steroid era speaks for itself...
With the shorten season it will protect the players because there will be more days off and they can use those days for rest or strengthening their bodies. It will also make for better post seasons because it will have fresher players who will not be as fatigued from the long season. The fans will also appreciate this more because they won't lose interest as easily because the players and teams will be more competitive over the 154 games.
No reason in the world to play 162 games. Why? Games lose their meaning when you play everyday. You lose a game or 3 in a row, so what, nobody cares. Players and fans both don't even notice, especially in the first half of the season. It's just the players going through the motions chipping away at the long season.
Do wins matter? Of course but it never REALLY seems to matter until later in the season and that's when things get interesting. So, why not get there with less games? They can still have the same amount of time go by for the entire season but just cut the Number of games played. Absolutely NO REASON for double headers. It's a joke to the players. Give them some time to themselves to rest and get prepared for the next game. Although it's a game, it really wears you out both physically and mentally.
I never played pro but played in high school and college. At times I can remember not even wanting to hear the word 'baseball'. You'd get your fill and then some. Can't even imagine having to play EVERYDAY and travel long distance all at the same time. You lose your passion for the game just a little bit.
Now, being a fan and watching baseball on TV, I even get bored in the earlier stages of the season. Like I said, wins and loses are no big deal in the beginning. Not to mention teams will have their star players burned out or get injured half way through and not even make it to the serious games.
Rivalries aren't really a big deal if you play that team a ton of times during the season. Also, cut down the number of games by eliminating the 'series' 5-7 games to just 3. There is only one superbowl, not best of 7. Make baseball playoffs and world series 3 games. You's see a lot more hustle and great baseball if the players knew that every game counted for more.
So, make the entire regular season 120 games and make each series 3 games.
Baseball season gets a lot of attention but i think the season should be longer because baseball is really Americas only pastime and its played in the hottest time of the year and I Think that playing in the winter would be better because it would bring in the big crowds. And so the M.L.B would make more money
The best part about being a baseball fan is investing in the long narrative. Instead of being a quick adrenaline fueled sport, a fan gets to watch as the story of the season unfolds over time mirroring the way the story of a game unfolds over time. It would be a shame to lose this.
People who say baseball is boring are not watching it right . People are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid people are stupid
Well, this is a tough question. In the end, the 162 game season makes the sport so fun to watch, not because there is intense action in every single aspect of every single match up, but because no matter what day in the summer, there will be a ball game on. You can tell me the players don't get enough time off, and I'd agree. But. That doesn't mean shortening the season. Giving them a break (the managers), yes. Giving others a chance to play, yes. Compared to football (every Sunday, occasional Monday or Thursday), you can find always at least 1 MLB game a season you can actually attend.
The whole point of the 162 game season is to keep the players and fans involved inn the game of baseball and if your team is down by like 4 or 5 games in the middle of the season, then they have a lot of games to go and can come back to make the playoffs. Also, the manager can rest players if they need to, that is also the beauty of the game. If your star player has played like 15, 20, or 25 games, then you can rest your player so he doesn't get hurt, and maybe give another player a chance to show what he can do on the diamond. Baseball is going through so many changes already, and the lat thing they need to do is change the length of the season.
The MLB should not be shortened. The MLB seasons have been around for a long time and their system works. So why should we mess with it now? I see no reason to shorten the Major League Baseball season. I have always said if something is not broke, then why try to fix it.