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Scioscia calls for 'schedule reform'

Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:35 pm
NEW YORK -- The Angels would like to think they'll be playing meaningful games in September.

Mike Scioscia wants meaningful games in the division.

Scioscia, who is on commissioner Bud Selig's advisory committee, said Friday that he favors some realignment. But more than realignment, Scioscia said baseball needs what he calls "schedule reform."

"The real beauty of the season is what happens in your division," the Angels manager said. "The head-to-head competition should be there at the beginning of the season, in the middle of the season, and definitely at the end of the season."

The Angels close the season with a six-game homestand against American League West rivals Oakland and Texas, but before that they go on a trip that takes them to Baltimore and Toronto. Earlier in September, they have home series against the Twins and Yankees.

"I think we're out of the division more than we're in the division," Scioscia said.

Scioscia has long been a proponent of tightening up the postseason schedule, to make it more like the regular season. He has no problem with adding a second wild-card team, but worries about a schedule that would force teams to sit around and wait before beginning the playoffs.

"A one-game playoff would be more exciting, more practical," he said.

If baseball realigns into two 15-team leagues, some teams would be playing interleague games down the stretch. But six five-team divisions would also make scheduling simpler, and could actually allow more late-season division matchups than in the current setup.

It could also create a more equitable schedule, because with each division the same size, it would be much easier to have every team in a division play the same interleague schedule.

That doesn't happen now. Scioscia's Angels played three games earlier this year against the Braves, and have series remaining against the Mets, Marlins and Nationals, plus two against the Dodgers.

The Rangers will also play the Braves, Mets and Marlins, but their other interleague series are against the Phillies, and two against the Astros.

Because of the uneven divisions, even the in-league schedules aren't the same. The Rangers will play three more games against the top three teams in the American League East -- the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays -- than the Angels will. The Angels make that up by playing three more games than the Rangers against the last-place Orioles.

"We need schedule reform," Scioscia said.

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 5:36 pm

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Well, that year the Patriots had the last week bye, so the playoff schedule set up with them getting a last week bye, then (I think) the makeup game from the 9-11 week that was postponed, then another bye in the first round of the playoffs.  Two weeks off right before the playoffs.
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