After seeing how the Houston Astros were derailed by Hurricane Ike, just as the Florida Marlins were adversely affected by Hurricane Francis and Ivan (I believe) during the 2004 season, I think it’s time for MLB to have a legitimate plan when it comes to teams that play in areas that are likely to be struck by Hurricanes.
The Hurricane season starts June 1st, and ends November 30th. The peak of the season is in September, which coincides with the peak of the pennant race.
It is no coincidence that the Astros and Marlins failed to make the playoffs in 2004 and 2008. They were both within striking distance of the wild card prior to the Hurricanes, and fell apart afterwards, due to having to play home games on the road and losing off-days (which affects pitching rotations, etc.).
Never mind the fact that the families and friends of the players are back home, without electricity and dealing with a disaster. Those players needed time off to be with their families.
I think it’s an embarrassment that MLB has a reactive plan for Hurricanes, instead of a proactive one.
Here’s my suggestions on how to prevent this in the future:
- Schedule more home games for the following teams during April and May, and more road games in September:
- Florida Marlins
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Houston Astros
- Washington Nationals
- Baltimore Orioles
- Atlanta Braves
- Schedule more games for the above teams during April and May, or start their seasons sooner (last week of March) … in order to have an extra five to seven days off in September.
- If the above seems unfair(those teams will have played five extra games going into September, and most of their home games), then how about scheduling more games in April and May for all of Major League Baseball, and starting the season earlier? Then, everybody would have an extra five to seven days off in September.
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