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Tue Apr 17, 2018, 04:22 PM

Reduce the number of games in Major League Baseball?

The Cubbies' Anthony Rizzo is definitely in favor. How about you? Is 162 game too many? BTW, Rizzo even says he'd take a pay cut to do it!


CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is advocating for a shorter season, even if that means a smaller paycheck for players.

"I think we play too much baseball," Rizzo said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN 1000. "Yes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game for the money or do we love this game? I know it's both, but in the long run it will make everything better."

Rizzo believes a transition period with guaranteed contracts could be worked out, perhaps "grandfathering" them into a new system with new contracts reflecting fewer games played...

"I think playing in the cold sucks," Rizzo said. "I was thinking about this the other day. When you think of Cubs and Cardinals, you think of a beautiful Saturday at Wrigley Field. You don't think about playing in 20 degrees."


http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23218530/anthony-rizzo-chicago-cubs-ok-taking-pay-cut-fewer-games-says-play-too-much-baseball


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Reply Reduce the number of games in Major League Baseball? (Original post)
True Dough Apr 2018 OP
exboyfil Apr 2018 #1
Cattledog Apr 2018 #2
Historic NY Apr 2018 #3
Brother Buzz Apr 2018 #4
Iggo Apr 2018 #9
Brother Buzz Apr 2018 #10
hughee99 Apr 2018 #5
ProfessorGAC Apr 2018 #7
bluedigger Apr 2018 #8
ProfessorGAC Apr 2018 #11
Brother Buzz Apr 2018 #12
ProfessorGAC Apr 2018 #13
Yavin4 Apr 2018 #14
ProfessorGAC Apr 2018 #15
Iggo Apr 2018 #6
GoCubsGo May 2018 #16
True Dough May 2018 #17
GoCubsGo May 2018 #18
Jamaal510 May 2018 #19

Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 04:24 PM

1. Didn't watch a single game last year

and only the last game of the World Series the year before.

That would be something for single season records if they reduced the number of games.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 04:45 PM

2. Go back to 154 game season.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 04:52 PM

3. Be nice to have the World Series over before winter, too

back to early Oct.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 07:00 PM

4. Baseball is a game of attrition

If they want to shorten the season for better weather, SCHEDULE more double headers. Simple, no? BRING BACK DOUBLE HEADERS!

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 12:42 PM

9. But money!

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Response to Iggo (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 12:49 PM

10. They still get their money

The one single doubleheader I saw scheduled this season was a split doubleheader; the fans are chased out of the park between games and need a second ticket to re-enter.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Wed Apr 18, 2018, 12:37 PM

5. While you can't always predict the cold, MLB could do a better job of scheduling April games in

warmer weather climates and domed stadiums. They could also start the season a little later and make up for it by scheduling more doubleheaders like they used to (as Buzz said).

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 08:55 AM

7. This!

There are 10 teams playing in SoCal, Texas, Florida, or with a dome plus Arizona. Add Atlanta to that mix (pretty far south) and you have 11 team, which means 22 teams could be playing in good weather for the first 4 weeks of the season. The 8 teams left at first would be those that cycle in, so nobody would have to play more than one or two seried in cold weather locations.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 09:45 AM

8. And those 10 teams would have home field advantage to start the season.

And have "Away" loaded schedules in the second half.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 07:03 PM

11. Show Me The Statistical Analysis To Support That

You can't! One of my advanced degrees is in statistics and I can't even if I wanted to.
I don't because it's inherently flawed

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 01:56 PM

12. Yogi Berra never had an advanced degrees is in statistics, but he'd have disagreed with you....

"You can observe a lot by watching."

And if I was a a betting man, I'd wager the Las Vegas bookmakers would have been in Yogi's camp.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #12)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 02:19 PM

13. Odds Makers Don't Know The Games As Well As You Think They Do

What they're expert at is setting lines to draw the maximum amount of money and minimizing their risk. You know how? Statistical analysis.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 03:11 PM

14. They tried to do that but those warm weather teams protested

They didn't want to play a bunch of east coast road games at the end of the season.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 28, 2018, 06:58 AM

15. Chicago Games At 30 Degrees May Change That

The Sox had 13000 paid for home game 2. And <3k showed up. 30k empty seats, and 40k less in concessions and parking might change their mind.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2018, 12:36 AM

6. Dodgers and DirectV have already reduced my number of Dodgers games to zero.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2018, 08:46 AM

16. I agree with Anthony.

It's ridiculous that the World Series ends in November. And, they're back at it four months later in spring training? Way too much.

I dare say the NHL needs to cut back, as well. They start in October, and the Cup gets decided in JUNE??? I don't expect them to change as long as they have that scumbag as their commissioner, however.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #16)

Mon May 7, 2018, 08:57 AM

17. Bahahaha!!!

Gary Bettman must be one of the most reviled commissioners in professional sports history, at least by the fans. And yet he's been around a looooong time. The league must be making good money under his tenure.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #17)

Mon May 7, 2018, 09:27 AM

18. Yeah, they're "making good money" at the expense of their players' brains.

This asshole still denies a link between concussions and CTE, and he's doing very little to protect the players. What a guy!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2018, 01:18 AM

19. Instead of

reducing the number of games, what I'd like to see are less divisional games and more games outside of the division. It should be similar to the NBA, where all 30 teams get to play at least one home and road series against other teams outside their divisions. There are 162 games, so they should be able to find a way to make that work. As an A's fan, it gets boring to see them play the Angels, Astros, Mariners, and Rangers all the time. They have to play each team 19 times!

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