KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Yankees and Mets, Cubs and White Sox, and Dodgers and Angels will be reduced under Major League Baseball's new schedule format for 2013.
Players' union head Michael Weiner said Tuesday that in most instances the rivalry games will be cut from six to either four or three. The new format was caused by next year's move of the Houston Astros to the American League, creating two 15-team circuits and the need for interleague play throughout the season.
"It wasn't fair to have six games against an opponent that other teams in your division didn't," Weiner said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "The Mets, for example, would say `Why do we have to play the Yankees six times every single year when some of our division opponents are playing teams that aren't traditionally as strong? We understand we've got to play the Yankees every year. That's OK. Why should we play six?"
Teams in a division will play three games each against teams in another division: for example, the NL East vs. the AL Central. The interleague rivalries will be either one three-game series or a home-and-home of two games each, Weiner said.
My view is that there should be no extra rivalry games. Instead radical geographic realignment. There is great simitry with expansion to 32 teams.
Here's a plan for two 16 team leagues or four 8 teams leagues, and playing every team.
Assuming a 16 team league divided into 2 team divisions and each division split into 2 sections.
54 games (18 games against the other 3 teams in your section)36 games (9 games against the other 4 team section in your division)
24 games (3 games against the 8 teams in your other division)
48 games (3 games against each team in the other league)
Many won't like adding two teams or realignment or playing everyone but it works. Every team ought to play the same schedule as its competitors. The Angels get the Dodgers to 6 and the Rangers get the Astros for 6 this year. That difference can mean a penant.
Not a bad idea on the surface, but of course, that would require 2 more expansion teams. That's probably the last thing on MLB's agenda. With 15 & 15, they could still hammer out a good and fair schedule.
I would have 12 games against divisional opponents. 4x12=48,9 games against 10 non divisional opponents, 10x9=90,1 inter-league dvision on a (rotating basis), 5x3=15,1 rivalry series, 1x3=3,2 series based on prior year standings (1st place teams against each other, etc.) 2x3=6.
That should be 162.
2013 schedule according to various articles I have seen.
19 games vs Cards, Pirates, Reds, Brewers for a total of 78 games6 or 7 games vs the other 10 national league teams for a total of 66 games4 games vs the WSOX 43 games vs 4 of the 5 teams in the AL West 124 games vs 1 of the 5 teams in the AL West 4
78+66+4+12+4 = 162
"I'd rather see the Cubs taking 2 trips out west and east instead of seeing 15+games against teams in the division.?"
Since I live in Denver... I'm for that! :)
"My view is that there should be no extra rivalry games. Instead radical geographic realignment. There is great simitry with expansion to 32 teams."
I really don't there are markets that will support two more teams.
Finally a rule change that makes sense for once. I still think that an NFL-type rotation without any rivals makes even more sense.