Baseball will do away with the unnecessary off-day between Games 4 and 5 of the league championship series, Commissioner Bud Selig announced today. In responding to complaints by players, team managements and fans over the voluminous amount of October off-days, the Special Committee for On-Field Matters proposed eliminating the extra day off, and baseball has accepted the change. A seven-game LCS will now take place over nine days instead of ten. “The removal of the off-day,” Selig said, “during both League Championship Series marks the first step in a process that will ultimately result in an improved postseason format for our game.”
As for the Yankees, this news is obviously an interesting development because they used the extra off-day in 2009 to keep their three-man playoff rotation in tact. As much as I enjoyed that pitching advantage, the truth is that the Yanks played 15 games over 30 days in October, and that stop-and-start schedule disrupted the flow of the games. With weather always a fact in mid-fall, the games should be as close together as possible. Baseball might lose some money on this one, but the powers-that-be made the right decision.