Thursday, July 9, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 9, 2020 -- "The Schedule"

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"MLB seemed to prioritize creating a baseball schedule that looks normal above all else. If I showed you this schedule in February, you wouldn’t blink an eye, at least until you noticed the limited number of opponents. Teams play weekday series and then a weekend series, almost always ending in a Sunday day game. It’s not at all clear to me why this should have been emphasized, especially when it creates extra road trips. I mean, teams are playing ten road series where they could have played seven."