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December 24, 2008 9:32 AM Subscribe
Are there rules that Major League Baseball uses to determine how teams are scheduled?
posted by zerobyproxy to sports, hobbies, & recreation (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Does anyone have a link/info *detailing* the breakdown for MLB schedule-creation? I searched high and low and I can't find anything concrete. I want specifics: exactly how many intradivision/intraleague/interleague played, odd game allocations, future commitments and schedule cycles (like the NL Central plays the AL Central this year-- what about next year?) If there are travel guidelines and/or special conditions that affect the actual number of games scheduled vs.
opponent, then I want to see those too. (Like, for instance, a team vacating its home park for a political convention, the Olympics, Bulls/Hawks Circus Trip-- stuff like that.
I've read several different websites that explain all this in general terms, but that's not what I want. I want to know *exactly* what rules/guidelines/algorithms MLB is using to create its schedule (and yeah, I know MLB actually farms out that job to a private contractor).
Why, you ask? Because I think Bud Selig is the antichrist and I think MLB is (and has been) playing fast and loose with the MLB schedule in the interest of short-term, flavor-of-the-day, knee-jerk, cheap, hollow profits.
It's just very difficult to advance this opinion if you can't look at the rules. Which is why I think these rules are intentionally placed in SUPER TOP SECRET status, which is why I can't find them.
But enough rambling. Can anyone help me?
(posted for the brother of zerobyproxy...)