Monday, March 25, 2013

The stupidity of Major League Baseball's April scheduling

It's officially spring, but living in Pittsburgh, you wouldn't know it, as several inches of snow fell during the evening, and the city looks like a "Winter Wonderland" this morning.

Major League Baseball's 2013 campaign kicks off next week--including the Pirates' home-opener against Chicago at PNC Park next Monday afternoon. Only problem is, the forecast for next Monday is a high of 48 degrees with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. I'd say the chances of a postponement look pretty decent.

Of course, this is nothing new. MLB has these kinds of weather problems every April, but if you ask me, the schedule makers are their own worst enemies when it comes to this kind of stuff.

Logistically, I don't know if bad weather can be completely avoided early in the season, but I do know that MLB could at least increase the odds of its first week getting off to a much better start. Take a look at next Monday's schedule.

In addition to the Cubs opening up in Pittsburgh, Miami travels to Washington to take on the Nationals; San Diego plays at the Mets; the Angels travel to Cincinnati for an interleague game; the Red Sox open up at New York; and the Royals open up in Detroit.

As I said, bad weather can't be avoided totally, but what are the odds of most of those games being interrupted because of precipitation? I'd say, right now, the odds are pretty good.

However, had baseball reversed the location for most of those opening day match-ups, weather would almost certainly NOT be a problem.

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