Major League Baseball just announced the postseason schedule. As has been the case the past couple of years, if it features a World Series Game 7, it will be played in November. On November 1 to be exact.
There have been five 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. 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. In 2015 the deciding Game 5 of the World Series took place on November 1. The series could have theoretically gone until November 4. Last year Game 6 took place on November 1 and Game 7 took place on November 2.
This year’s schedule breaks down like this:
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, New York, Cleveland, Chicago and Denver. Washington could theoretically be dicey, but it’s just as likely to have a 60 degree late October day as it is to have a cold one. Los Angeles, Houston and Arizona are safe. Almost every team in the AL is in the Wild Card running. Minnesota and Baltimore are the only ones that present much danger, weather wise.
If we’re unlucky enough to have a snow covered Series between, say, Colorado and Boston, expect to have a long offseason conversation about things like 154-game schedules and neutral site World Series again.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.
[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.
None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, and supplied by Nike that, last I checked, were not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:
If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves, I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters do not impress the powers that be nearly as much.