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MLB condenses playoff schedule

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 24, 2010 01:08 PM

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This release from Major League Baseball:

Major League Baseball has condensed the scheduling format for the 2010 League Championship Series by eliminating the off-day in between Games Four and Five of each series, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today. An off-day had preceded Game Five of both League Championship Series from 2007-2009.

The elimination of the off-day during the middle portion of the League Championship Series is the first implementation of change based on a recommendation from the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, which was formed by Commissioner Selig in December.

Since the parameters for the 2010 postseason schedule had already been established, the elimination of the off-day during the League Championship Series represents the first step that can be taken at this time. Additional suggestions from the Committee will be considered, beginning for the 2011 season, in an effort to make the postseason schedule more closely resemble the scheduling that takes place during the regular season.

“The Special Committee for On-Field Matters is examining a wide variety of topics and issues and additional announcements will be forthcoming,” said Commissioner Selig. “Scheduling is a key area in which the members have expressed many interesting ideas and opinions. The removal of the off-day during both League Championship Series marks the first step in a process that will ultimately result in an improved postseason format for our game.”

Major League Baseball’s 2010 postseason is scheduled to start with three Division Series games in play on Wednesday, October 6th. The League Championship Series will begin on Friday, October 15 with Game One of the ALCS, while Saturday, October 16 will feature Game One of the NLCS and Game Two of the ALCS. Game One of the 2010 World Series is slated to begin on Wednesday, October 27.

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The impetus for this move is to make the postseason more closely resemble the regular season and keep teams from using three starters. The Yankees, thanks to gaps in the schedule, were able to do that last fall. Other teams have done the same in recent years.

It makes sense if you believe, as most managers do, that the game played in the postseason should be the same as is played for six months during the season.

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