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MLB announces the playoff schedule

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We knew it was all going down in October. Now we know specifically when. From MLB:

Tiebreakers and Wild Card Games:

  • Sunday, September 29: Last day of the regular season
  • Monday, September 30: any tiebreakers, if necessary
  • Tuesday, October 1: National League Wild Card Game
  • Wednesday, October 2: American League League Wild Card Game

Division Series:

    • Thursday, October 3: Both National League Division Series begins
    • Friday, October 4: Both American League Division Series begin, NLDS continues
    • Wednesday, October 9: Game Five of both NLDS, if necessary
    • Thursday, October 10: Game Five of both ALDS, if necessary

League Championship Series:

    • Friday, October 11: Game one of NLCS
    • Saturday, October 12: Game one of ALCS
    • Saturday, October 19: Gave Seven of NLCS, if necessary
    • Sunday, October 20: Game Seven of ALCS, if necessary

World Series:

  • Wednesday, October 23: Game one of the World Series in the American League city
  • Saturday, October 26: Game three of the World Series in the National League city
  • Thursday, October 31: Game seven of the World Series, if necessary

As for the broadcasts:

  • Tiebreakers, if necessary: TBS
  • NL Wild Card Game: TBS
  • AL Wild Card Game: TBS
  • ALDS and NLDS: All games except two on TBS, two games on MLB Network
  • NLCS: TBS
  • ALCS: Fox
  • World Series: Fox

After that you’re on your own until spring.

The Cardinals will not exercise Matt Holliday’s 2017 option

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 20: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after strikin out to John Lackey #41 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the first inning at Wrigley Field on June 20, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday‘s $17 million option for 2017.
And, not surprisingly, will not extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either.

Holliday will be 37 when spring training begins and he is finishing his worst season as a major leaguer, having hit .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances.

Injuries have not helped him — he’s missed the last six weeks with a fractured thumb — but it’s not like guys het healthier the older they get. Holliday will likely be looking at a massive pay cut for next year and a competition to make an Opening Day roster.

The Blue Jays and the Toronto press are fueding with each other

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 3:  Manager John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 3, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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The Blue Jays are poised to make the playoffs for the second year in a row and are playing a critical series with the Orioles, the outcome of which will likely determine who gets to play at home for that one-and-done game next week. Big stakes! Must keep focused!

Or, alternatively, maybe it’s time to have a silly, juvenile feud with the press. Here’s Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun, asking why the Jays are doing stuff like this while fighting for the playoffs:

Why, for example, would the leaders on the team allow someone to put up on a wall photos of two Toronto sports writers with an ‘X’ scratched on their face and the a message written on top reading, ‘Do not grant them interviews’ (or words to that effect)? . . . Things like: Someone cranking up the music just when the media arrives to conduct pre-game interviews.

Not that the Jays have been treated wonderfully by the press themselves:

There was an incident the other night when a couple of journalists tried to corral struggling closer Roberto Osuna for an interview, but he kept blowing them off. Finally, one reporter followed him right into a private part of the clubhouse and told him off.

That’s . . . not what you’re supposed to do.

Still, there is zero point to get into silly feuds with the media. If they overstep their bounds, there are a TON of Jays officials and, I suspect, newspaper editors, who will quickly and eagerly discipline the reporter. You don’t have to make wanted posters and act like children. Partially because it’s just a bad look. But also, because it leads to news stories about it like the one in the Toronto Sun.