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MLB releases 2012 schedule

Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: September 14, 2011 3:57 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Wednesday morning, Major League Baseball revealed its full schedule for the 2012 regular season. We'll hit a few of the highlights here, but keep in mind breaking down a full 162-game slate is a bit different than, say, 16 games (yeah, you understand).

• The newly-named Miami Marlins will open their own -- finally baseball-only -- ballpark on April 4 against the Cardinals. It will be the first game of the season and the only game played on that day (a Wednesday). April 5, a Thursday, there are six games. April 6 has 10 games and then finally there's a full slate of games on Saturday, April 7.

• The first wave of interleague play begins Friday, May 18. It opens with a bang, as we'll get Yankees-Reds, Rays-Braves, Phillies-Red Sox, Brewers-Twins and Cubs-White Sox, among others.

• Some of the more interesting interleague matchups include: the Red Sox visiting the Cubs at Wrigley Field; the Giants against the Angels, a rematch of the 2002 World Series; the Braves visiting the Yankees, a rematch of the 1996 and 1999 World Series; the Phillies visiting the Blue Jays, possibly seeing Roy Halladay pitch in his former home stadium for the second straight season; and Rays-Phillies, a rematch of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, we'll have all the traditional interleague rivalries like Yankees-Mets, Dodgers-Angels, Cubs-White Sox, Giants-A's, etc. On the inequities in interleague play, click here to read Danny Knobler.

• The first day of the MLB Draft will be June 4.

• The All-Star Game is July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

• The New York Mets host the Washington Nationals on 9/11. I wonder if there will be a hat controversy again? (Too soon?)

• The last day of the regular season is October 3. As has become customary, the final series for many teams is against a divsional opponent, as the league hopes to have drama on the very last day. Here are the intradivision closing series: Yankees-Red Sox (shocker, I know), Orioles-Rays, Indians-White Sox, Royals-Tigers, Mariners-Angels, A's-Rangers, Marlins-Mets, Phillies-Nationals, Cubs-Astros, Cardinals-Reds, Diamondbacks-Rockies, Dodgers-Giants.

UPDATE: MLB.com has now made the schedule available online, but it's only three days at a time. Enjoy clicking through if you wish!

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:15 am
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule




Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:45 pm
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule

Wait---Drama on the last final series of the Season?   And what do I see?  The CUBS and the Astros? Is that a joke?  The Cubs in a DRAMA Series? That is the funniest statement I`ve read in years. The Cubs---yea right.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:15 am
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule

loser



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:10 am
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule

blah blah 162 games. too many games. exactly why i watch the nfl and not the mlb



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:59 am
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule

"In God We Trust" Familiar words that are associated with America's tender. Obviously baseball's tender now refers to Bud Selig as being God. Those that are Christian and religious have a special day called Good Friday in which they honor the passing of Christ in various fashions whether it be attending church or other traditions. Granted, separation of Church & "Sport" was intended by our founding fathers (as he says tongue in cheek), so to schedule games on such a day puts many in a moral dilemma. Do I attend the game I dearly love and disregard my spiritual being or do I continue my religious tradition knowing what is really important in my life?

I know many of you are saying that it is usually a day off to play golf anyway, so what's the beef? That maybe, but their are still plenty of baseball fans who think and act otherwise. Not a "game changer" I'm sure, but it does bring up the question, "What were they thinking?"

Now, there should be a significance to Opening Day, a tradition if you will. Whether it be to honor last years World Series contenders, anniversaries, or the like. Years ago it was the honor and priviledge of the Cincinnati Reds, being the first professional franchise, to have  the season opener all by themselves. A large parade begins the day with many a fan calling in sick and school kids missing a day of school. A virtual holiday for the city - a tradition none like any other in sport or town. That was changed over the years when other teams joined the same start time, then other teams began starting earlier, to having other opening days on Sunday evening, to now honoring a team for opening a new stadium. How ridiculous is that? At least, for this year, the Reds still open at home. How long that will last is anybody's guess.

The annual schedule has been A MESS  with inter league play and unbalanced schedules. When are we going to have an equal number of teams in each league? It's been talked about - no action from the commisioner to date. I hear he is making almost 12 million a year - for what? To not allow New York teams to wear a hat one day in honoring the first responders to 9/11? To making a ridiculous schedule that is so unfair in many aspects? To throw old traditions out the window? Friends of baseball, "This Bud's for You"! - He's not for me, and I would guess many others. By the Way, do they still sell Cracker Jacks at ballparks?



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:52 am
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule

When some other team wins 20 more world series and finally has more than the yankees then they win stop talking about them so much but since no team is close thats gonna take a real long time



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:49 am
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule

No you dont get it if there are 15 teams then you have to have interleague play every series cause theres an odd number of teams in each league



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:49 am
 

MLB releases 2012 schedule

i always thought that world series champion played opening night. or is it the 1st sunday nite game. why is whatever inter-league series the yankees in a great series. if they are playing the astros is an interesting series. WHO CARES? there are 31 other teams that play baseball. there will be a new champion in a month and it will not be the yankees lets talk about their schedule and who they play when they win. the media are the ones who make it all about the yankees.

I think you need to learn to count before you go into scheduling logic.


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