Craig Calcaterra

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Postseason schedule announced; Games 6 and 7 of the World Series will be in November


Major League Baseball just announced the postseason schedule and, as it has the past couple of years, if it features a World Series Game 6 or 7, they will be played in November, though the schedule has been moved up two days from where it was last year. The schedule breaks down thusly:

Last day of regular season: October 2

AL Wild Card Game: October 4;
NL Wild Card Game: October 5;

Both ALDS: begin on October 6 — Game 5s, if necessary, October 12;
Both NLDS: begin on October 7 — Game 5s, if necessary, October 13;

ALCS: begins October 14 — Game 7, if necessary, October 22;
NLCS: begins October 15 — Game 7, if necessary, October 23;

World Series dates

Game 1: October 25 (AL City)
Game 2: October 26 (AL City)
Game 3: October 28 (NL City)
Game 4: October 29 (NL City)
Game 5 (if necessary): October 30 (NL City)
Game 6 (if necessary): November 1 (AL City)
Game 7 (if necessary): November 2 (AL City)

There have been four previous World Series with November Games. 2001 was the most memorable, of course, as Major League Baseball suspended play for six days following the September 11 attacks, with the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees getting under way Oct. 27 . Games 6 and 7 were played in Arizona on November 3 and 4.

In 2009 the season started late due to the World Baseball Classic. Games 4, 5 and 6 were played in November, with the Yankees winning Game 6 on November 4.

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series over the Texas Rangers in 2010 in five games, with Game 5 being played on November 1. Last season the deciding Game 5 of the World Series took place on November 1. The series could have theoretically gone until November 4.

Any time you get into late October or later the weather can be unpredictable. At the moment, the most dangerous potential playoff cities as far as weather uncertainty go are Boston, Cleveland and Chicago. If the playoffs started right now Detroit and each of the New York teams would be on the outside looking in, but they’re theoretically in the running. You don’t get quite as nasty weather in Baltimore and Washington, but they’re not that far from Philly and everyone remembers the sloppy, snowy mess from 2008. Basically, if you’re not in a dome, down south or on the coasts you can’t guarantee great weather, which makes these later playoff schedules potentially problematic.

As I noted last year (and the year before that), if weather does mess with the Fall Classic, turning it into the Winter Classic, expect to have a long offseason conversation about things like 154-game schedules and neutral site World Series again. Which are dreary topics to be sure, but dreary weather could give them fresh currency.

Jered Weaver will decide if he wants to retire after the season is over

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Jered Weaver is in the last year of his five-year, $85 million contract with the Angels. He’s also just barely hanging on. To the extent he is succeeding — and he has had his moments — it’s almost all on guile given that his velocity has almost completely abandoned him. Could he hang on a while longer? Probably. Guile aint’ nothing and there are worse pitchers than Weaver, but if he’s going to keep going it will almost certainly be as a year-to-year guy fighting for a job every winter and fighting for a roster spot every spring.

Some guys, especially guys who have made their money, may want to retire at that point. Weaver isn’t necessarily ruling it out, but he isn’t making any final decisions about it. Over the weekend he said “There’s still a lot of season left. When the time comes to answer those questions, I will.”

Weaver is a fascinating pitcher who has gone from dominant to pedestrian in an astonishingly short period of time. I presume that, on some level, all players have the normal aging curve in mind as their careers unfold, but I doubt many of them are as prepared for what has happened to Weaver or, say, Dale Murphy before him. I’m genuinely curious to see what Weaver does.


Tim Tebow’s “showcase” is set for August 30

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Tim Tebow, who is famous enough that his urge to participate in those old-dude fantasy camps has been transformed into an actual tryout for major league baseball teams, will hold his showcase for whichever scouts are morbidly curious enough to watch him perform on August 30 in Los Angeles, Jerry Crasnick reports.

In other news, NBC’s own Drew Silva has a preview of the showcase:

And here, via time travel, is video footage of Tebow’s tryout:


UPDATE: I hadn’t seen this but big league pitcher David Aardsma faced Tebow recently and he’s impressed with him. Take it for what it’s worth.