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Indians to play home games.....in Anaheim?

Unread postby consigliere » Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:10 pm

They are talking....

http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/news/a ... p&c_id=cle

Specifically, the three-game series between the Angels and Indians slated for Cleveland's Jacobs Field on Tuesday-Thursday may be switched to Anaheim.

A final determination is not expected to be made until 8 a.m. Monday morning on a development regarded as "unlikely" by all involved in it.
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One of the issues complicating this predicament is the Angels' inability to simply exchange home series with the Indians.

The two teams are scheduled for two more series later in the season, both times in Angel Stadium, on May 8-10 and Sept. 6-9. Advance ticket sales project crowds of 40,000-plus for each of those seven games, making it a logistical nightmare to even consider swapping out those dates.


Take a look at that schedule...they come here the second week of April....and we go THERE TWICE, once in MAY and the other in SEPTEMBER. I hope the guy who made these schedules was fired, or if it was a computer someone took an axe to it and burned it. Good Lord.
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Unread postby StewieG » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:18 am

Wouldn't it be better to schedule all games the first couple weeks of April against division opponents, so that if there ARE weather problems, the games are easier to make up? Because both Seattle and Anaheim only come here once, so if there's weather problems, making up those games are extremely difficult.
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Unread postby consigliere » Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:50 am

http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/story/10116459

Weekend Buzz: Warm weather only? Put a freeze on that idea
April 8, 2007
By Scott Miller
CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer

The Weekend Buzz while you were looking for Easter eggs and wondering whether Tony will sleep with the fishes the final half-season of the The Sopranos:

1. Cracker Jack out, hot chocolate in: According to Weather Underground's website, they're calling for a high of 37, a low of 25 and a chance of more snow again on Monday in Cleveland. On Tuesday, the forecast is for a high of 36, a low of 32 and another chance of snow showers.

The Boys of Winter? C.C. Sabathia seems to like the idea. (AP)
In other words, they may never play baseball this year in Jacobs Field.

And considering that the Los Angeles Angels are due in Cleveland on Tuesday and the Chicago White Sox on Friday, that's awfully inconvenient.

Following two postponed doubleheaders in two days (along with Friday's series-opening postponement) the Indians and Mariners will attempt another doubleheader on Monday. Indians manager Eric Wedge called the weekend "indescribable", and Brandon Koehnke, Jacobs Field head groundskeeper, told veteran beat man Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, "You don't have enough ink in your pen to say how I feel about" the crack job the snowblower-packing grounds crew did in battling Mother Nature.

Big problem is, because of baseball's unbalanced schedule, this is Seattle's only trip to Cleveland. So it's going to be a major hassle attempting to shoehorn this series in later this summer. So some folks again are calling for cold-weather teams to open on the road and warm-weather teams (or teams with domes) to open at home.

But that's a rotten idea, and here's why: It's stupid.

For one thing, fans in cities like Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh shouldn't be penalized by having to wait until mid-to-late April for their home openers every year.

For another, that would mean the schedule likely would flip-flop in September, and the warm weather teams would have to play an inordinate number of road games down the stretch while fighting for a playoff spot -- and those cold-weather teams would have the benefit of extra stretch-run home games.

And, it was 72 degrees and gorgeous on opening day in Cincinnati on Monday, and 62 and beautiful in Detroit. You win some, you lose some. And if you've got tickets to Jacobs Field this week, bring mittens and a scarf.
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Unread postby wmurphyhh » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:48 am

Unless it has changed, MLB schedules used to be selected from submitted schedules. Anyone in theory could submit a schedule. MLB chose one for the submitted entries and then paid the submitter.

Sounds like a new contest for the website for next season...
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Unread postby swerb » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:45 pm

Word just in ... games will be played at a neutral location.

Think "Major League".
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Unread postby wmurphyhh » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:49 pm

Milwaukee ?
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Unread postby consigliere » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:50 pm

THis is comical.
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:01 pm

Not fair to the Indians to rob them of a home series and force them to play more than 81 games on the road.

The major issue here is the stupid unbalanced scheduling. Stewie is right, if they stick with the unbalanced schedules then they need to either play division games only for the first few weeks or the northern teams need to open in the south or in domes. It'd probably be best to mix the two up.
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Unread postby wmurphyhh » Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:06 pm

So the Tribe's home opener is in Milwaukee on the same day that "Major League" is released on DVD ? That's a promotional link even Vince McMahon couldn't up with.

I wonder if Tom Hamilton will get to interview Bob Uecker.
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:11 pm

Will Uecker be staying in Milwaukee to call the Tribe game? That could be some good primetime radio listening there.
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