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The Problem: 162 games in a season
There's no question that baseball is about history, but the fact remains that 162 games is too many.
Do the Atlanta Braves really need to play the Washington Nationals 19 times over the course of the season?
The MLB season started on March 31 and runs through Sept. 29. That's 184 days to complete 162 games.
Throw in the three-day break for the All-Star Game, the fact that only two teams play in the season-opening game on March 31 and you basically have 162 games in 180 days.
That's 18 days off over half the year.
Then throw in the fact that there are rainouts, which result in doubleheaders later in the series or the season. Add in some of those rainouts force teams to make up the game on an off day and you have a real problem on your hands.
Baseball has 162 games mainly because of money. Teams make more money the more home games they play, television partners make more with the more games they broadcast.
The dollar runs sports, as evidence by the skyrocketing of player salaries.
However, 162 games is not needed to decide who the best teams are. Cutting it back by eight games (two from each divisional opponent) would give more off days and add that much more excitement to the season.
Imagine if the Oakland Athletics had eight less games to make their comeback in the AL West last year. Would they have still won the division?
With less games, teams press more as it gets closer to the postseason.