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    2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    From USA Today:

    Major League Baseball, trying to avoid having long underwear as part of its players' postseason apparel, is planning to start the 2011 season in earnest on Friday, April 1 - three days earlier than traditional Monday opener.

    It would be the first time a majority of teams start the season on a Friday since 1905, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    The regular season would end Wednesday, Sept. 28 with playoffs opening on Sept. 30 or Oct. 1. The World Series is scheduled to start Wednesday, Oct. 19, a week earlier than the last two years. It would virtually assure the World Series would not be played in November.
    http://content.usatoday.com/communit...-a-wednesday/1

    Not a huge fan of this, why change tradition? Is three days really going to make a big difference?
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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    Heard about this a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely hate this.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    So will the Reds go back to being first?

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    I don't think its that big of a deal. This sport has to start to modernize a little bit. Not everything can be about tradition. World Series games in November is a bad idea, way worse than this imo.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    I like it. Half the teams in baseball (and always Cincinnati) will have great "Opening Weekend" events. Here locally, the new "Opening Night" being on a Saturday will be a guaranteed sellout. Maybe even the Sunday afternoon game as well.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    I like it too. Series' start on Fridays, why not start the season on a Friday? "Traditions" are like old houses -- you can't designate every one of 'em a landmark.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    Of course, "Opening Night" will probably also be 40 degrees too.

    I don't think it's a bad idea, but the current pattern (for the Reds) is to schedule the day after opening day as an off day - I guess they'll stop that, but I bet all 3 games on the first weekend will be day games.

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11 View Post
    I like it. Half the teams in baseball (and always Cincinnati) will have great "Opening Weekend" events. Here locally, the new "Opening Night" being on a Saturday will be a guaranteed sellout. Maybe even the Sunday afternoon game as well.

    Kudos, Bud. You did something right.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    I don't think it's a bad idea, but the current pattern (for the Reds) is to schedule the day after opening day as an off day - I guess they'll stop that
    I hope so. That first off day is torturous.
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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    If this eliminates the tradition off day after opening day, I'm all for it.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11 View Post
    I like it. Half the teams in baseball (and always Cincinnati) will have great "Opening Weekend" events. Here locally, the new "Opening Night" being on a Saturday will be a guaranteed sellout. Maybe even the Sunday afternoon game as well.

    Kudos, Bud. You did something right.
    That's actually an excellent point. You changed my mind pretty quickly. Instead of driving out and watching Opening Day and then driving home, I can now watch Opening Day and then probably stay for the second and third games as well.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    If this change means I actually have a chance of getting tickets to Opening Day then I'm all for it. I'm 0-4 on opening day tickets the last few years, LOL
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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    This is a great plan, the Monday start had lots of teams play a game then be off to get the rest of the schedule set. Blah.
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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    I've always hated that Opening Day coincides with the NCAA men's basketball championship game. It always takes attention away from baseball and it's just too much for one day. I like the move.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    I think they should also have April rosters be 28....and schedule a DH or 2. Do it also in September when rosters expand as well...schedule a DH or 2.

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    Re: 2011 MLB Season to Begin on a Friday to Avoid November World Series

    A note from John Fay - the Reds will finally make their first trip to Camden Yards next season.

    One other note about the 2011 schedule: Iím told that the Reds are scheduled to go to Baltimore. Itís the only American League city they havenít played in in interleague play.
    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/201...own-with-that/
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