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
- 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
- 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.
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 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.