In an attempt to get MLB’s postseason wrapped up earlier than November, when inclement weather can cause delays or postponement of games, the league will start the 2011 season on a Friday, April 1 start date and end the regular season on a Weds. The news, first reported by Bob Nightingale of USA Today, goes on to say that the season would end on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and see the playoffs begin Sept. 30 or Oct. 1. That would place the beginning of the World Series on Wednesday, Oct. 19, a week earlier than the last two years. It would virtually assure the World Series would not be played in November.
"Anything we could do to finish in October,'' commissioner Bud Selig told USA TODAY, "is what I wanted to do. It shows how serious we are in doing this. I feel very good about it, and am pleased at everybody's reaction.''
Says Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Players Association: "Starting the season midweek, as we understand it, will allow for a much better postseason schedule than if we had the season begin on a Sunday night. We think that's a positive step.''
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the earlier season start would be the first time a majority of teams start the season on a Friday since 1905.
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