2013 MLB Schedule Changes Include Later All-Star Game

Whatever Major League team you root for, that team’s schedule is likely to be quite different in 2013, both in the teams it plays and the number of games played inside and outside its division, once realignment occurs.

Ken Davidoff of Newsday proposes a schedule which would have 72 divisional games (18 vs. each team), 60 outside-the-division games in your own league (10 vs. each team) and 30 interleague games (three each against 10 teams). This would cut the “rivalry” games (Yankees/Mets, Cubs/White Sox, etc.) down to two series every three years, rather than the six games a year those teams play now.

There’s also this:

The announcement of the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field delayed that process because budgetary concerns caused the Midsummer Classic to be switched from Tuesday, July 9 to Tuesday, July 16; the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium also took place a week later than normal. That has forced the teams and players to tear up some of which already had been discussed.

There’s one other rumor about the “rivalry” games, from Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper:

The latest report has the Cubs and White Sox playing four games in the same week — two at Wrigley Field and two on the South Side. I would be fine with that or just one three-game series at each site in alternating years.

Obviously, this is all still in flux. They’ll have to figure it out by mid-September, when MLB generally releases all teams’ schedules.

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