Apr 13, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; A detail of the MLB Opening Day logo on first base prior to the Milwaukee Brewers facing the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Image Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Dugout Dirt: One More Month


One more month until Spring Training begins. Pitchers and catchers will soon be coming out of hibernation and reporting to their respective clubs in Florida or Arizona.


College football is over until Labor Day weekend. The National Football League’s season is winding down. The National Basketball Association is still going strong. The National Hockey League is doing their best and continuing to lose fans in the process. Meanwhile, college basketball is in the thick of conference play and will overlap with the start of the Major League Baseball season due to the way the calendars fall this year.

For me, it really doesn’t feel like baseball should begin their season until the final buzzer sounds in college basketball. This year, the NCAA tournament ends on April 8th while baseball opens their season on April Fools’ Day. It just does not feel right. Even in the year that MLB started on the Thursday or Friday before the tournament ended, it didn’t feel right.

Here’s the part I don’t get. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig wants to see baseball end before November but at the same time, they go and add the Wild Card playoff to the postseason schedule. The 2012 season was the first time that baseball saw the Wild Card playoff. While it led to excitement, the 2012 divisional series were not fair to those teams that earned home field advantage. Instead of the 2-3 series, it should have been 2-2-1 as it has been in previous years.

My hope is that it gets fixed for 2013 and that the postseason schedule allows for travel days, especially for those fans that are traveling from one coast to another.

Look at 2012 in the National League. St. Louis and Washington went all 5 games. So did Cincinnati and San Francisco. Washington earned home field in the National League but they were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Reds took the first two games in San Francisco even though the Giants did not have home field advantage and went on to lose all three games at home in Cincinnati. After the series ended, the Giants stayed in Cincy until following the Cardinals epic win over the Nationals.

I digress. Spring training starts in a month and with that comes warmer weather.