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Baseball Schedule

 

 

      Baseball Schedule

The baseball schedule organizes and lists all matches and tournaments for a baseball league. The baseball schedule’s match details include contender names, the date, time and day of a match, the match stadium name, etc. Preparing a baseball schedule is a complex task. One needs to balance many objectives such as maximizing revenue, maintaining competitive fairness and optimizing travel efficiencies, all while satisfying the needs of players, coaches, sponsors, fans, operators and facility owners
The baseball schedule organizes and lists all matches and tournaments for a baseball league. The baseball schedule’s match details include contender names, the date, time and day of a match, the match stadium name, etc. Preparing a baseball schedule is a complex task. One needs to balance many objectives such as maximizing revenue, maintaining competitive fairness and optimizing travel efficiencies, all while satisfying the needs of players, coaches, sponsors, fans, operators and facility owners.
 
Baseball schedules for each league are prepared according to rules of each baseball league. For example, the schedule of Major League Baseball must follow the guidelines of that specific league. The MLB season starts on the first Sunday in April and runs through the first Sunday in October, with each of the 30 teams playing 162 games. So, while preparing the schedule for MLB, organizers need to make sure the schedule fits these parameters. On the other hand, Minor League Baseball may have different season dates and team parameters, resulting in a different baseball schedule. Similarly, there would be different baseball schedules for other leagues such as the Winter League, Spring Training, Semi Pro, College League, High School League, Little League, etc.
 
Complexity of the Schedule
 
Baseball schedules are quite complex in nature and take a lot of time and calculations to prepare. For example, the MLB schedule consists of 30 teams, each playing 162 games every year. Although it looks like a simple calculation, the complexity lies within. Each team in MLB has to play every other team in the league, but the number of matches against each opponent is not equal. Every team plays more games against the teams in its division. These intra-division games need to be played during the concluding portion of the league, when the playoff chase starts. Also, every team has to play a 13 weekend home series as well as a 13 weekend road series. Additionally, some teams can’t play on certain weekends because they share the stadium with other sports teams.
 
Major League Baseball Schedule
 

The MLB Schedule consists of 2430 games (162 games played by each of the 30 teams). Of the 162 games, 81 are “home games” and the remaining 81 are “visitor” games. Although the matches are always pre-scheduled, some matches may be postponed or rescheduled due to unavoidable circumstances. Some extra games may also be added due to ties.

MLB consists of players from two leagues, the American League and the National League. While 2178 games are held between teams from the same league, another 252 games are “interleague games,” held between teams from opposing leagues.

Division Games:
 
There are total 1091 games here, where 61 pairs of teams participate within one division. 
 
 
Pairs
No. of Games per Team
Total No. of Games
25
19
475
21
18
378
13
16
208
2
15
30
 
Other Intra league games:
 
Pairs
No. of Games per Team
Total No. of Games
23
10
230
15
9
135
8
8
64
34
7
238
70
6
420
 
 
 

 

Inter League Play:

 

The interleague game schedule consists of a 3-game series of 84 encounters. Each of the 14 American League teams and 16 National League teams plays a 6-game series.


Spring Training Schedule
 
Spring training consists of practice and exhibition matches played by Major League Baseball team prior to the start of the regular season. The spring training schedule is made up of the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League, each with a specific schedule.
 
 
Minor League Baseball Schedule
 
Minor leagues include different classes such as Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced, Class A, Class A Short Season, Rookie, etc. Every class is made up of different leagues, each with a different schedule.
 

Last updated on Tue, 07/06/2010 - 14:51.

 
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