After 22 game postponements in the first three weeks of the Major League Baseball season, nearly everyone has chimed in on how to fix early-season schedule. In his New York Post Down the Line column Sunday, Joel Sherman gives us a pretty good plan from Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd.
Begin the season a week earlier to provide extra off-days throughout the year for everyone and send six teams (rather than two) to play a few series in warm weather/dome atmospheres in international areas where you are trying to either grow the game and/or honor a feeding ground to the majors. He recommended, for example, Latin America, Taiwan, Korea and Australia.
That's a pretty good idea. I hadn't thought of that one. But then again, I haven't spent many nights trying to resolve the problem of April weather and its effects on baseball games. I only blog about it. I really like the idea of playing early-season international games. Just don’t send the Yankees back to Japan. We don't the Giambino coming back with more parasites.