On the final day of the season, I ponder whether the MLB should continue to play 162 games. Although baseball is a sport of statistics and percentages, which needs a lot of time to calculate, does the season need to be shortened? On Monday, September 23, the Astros-Indians tilt scored a 0.0 TV Rating in Houston, en route to the Astros 105th loss of the season. Of all the Nielsen households in the greater Houston area, none tuned into the game for more than a given few minutes over any given quarter-hour. That is an issue for Major League Baseball, and definitely the Houston Astros. This makes me wonder, does the MLB season need to be shorter than 162 games?
Without 162 games, each game would gradually become more important, depending on how many games they games they get rid of. It would most likely draw more fans to the game, be able to get higher TV ratings, and definitely become less grueling on the players and coaching staffs, perhaps giving them more heart and hustle on a daily basis. With less than 162 games, baseball games would each become more viewed, and more watched individually. It's fun to go to a game, but how often does the average person watch an entire in a season. Once? Twice? Maybe more if they're a playoff team, but in all seriousness, if baseball had less than 162 games, it would make more fans interested on any given day. But, is this really the way to go?
Baseball is a game of percentages (batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, etc.) and it becomes easier to calculate that the more games you have. Every player goes through some sort of a slump, a hot streak, and everything in between. With a 162 game schedule, it gives players the chance to really be able to have the chance to play to the best of their ability. Also, with 162 games, baseball is being played all through the spring and summer, something that us writers love tweeting and writing about all during those fun months. Baseball has ups and downs, ins and outs, and with 162 games, it gives every fan a chance to see every single one of those.
Baseball plays 120 games too many. Every team wins 60 games, and every team loses 60 games. It's only the other 42 games that truly count.
I heard that quote, and immediately took my mind off all over the place. But, theoretically, he was right! Only the Astros are more than 42 games out of first (44). Every other team is within those 42 games, and if they played them out better, could easily be in first place. So, all but 120 games pretty much count. This is pretty much eliminating all but one month of the season. Is this the way baseball should be?
Honestly, I am a fan of the 162 game schedule. It gives me something to look forward to every single night from April to September. That is something that I love, especially since I write about it. This makes it so much more fun, every night. You never know what could happen on any given day, and I like that. So, in my opinion, the 162 game schedule is perfect!