I was thinking about it this morning and I think I'd prefer a shorter season. Maybe. Hear me out. This was my thought process...
My idea was that every team plays 12 games a month, 3 games a week -- all of them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The season still begins in April. If the 15th doesn't fall on a weekend, Jackie Robinson Day could be celebrated on the weekend that follows. It could even be renamed Jackie Robinson Week. Rain-outs would be easier to reschedule and could be played on the off days in-between series, (Monday to Thursday).
In a way, less could be more. Each game would have a much greater importance to the team and the *fans* of where they are in the standings. The NFL effect in a way of putting it.
*Speaking personally, I admit that while I love the Blue Jays, I could be considered at best a casual fan who might only catch... 50 or 60 games a season, the full 9 innings. I rely on the MLB app. I've caught about 5 or 6 games so far out of 21. 162 is a lot, and they can get past people sometimes if they're busy.*
Back on topic... You could assume (hope) that the fewer games would in turn increase the average attendance for teams. Unfortunately, not every MLB city has the same support traditional markets like San Francisco, St. Louis, Boston, Los Angeles, New York or Chicago (Cubs) have. It's just the way it is.
Fewer games = less wear and tear? And if someone was injured for an extended time, the team wouldn't suffer as much because the player wasn't missing a ton of games. Also a tighter rotation, a 3-man starting rotation. The 4 and 5 pitchers are assigned to the bullpen and they can be shuffled around and be put back into the rotation.
If each team plays 12 times a month (3 each week) from April to September, that would be 72 games total. As usual, playoffs commence in October at which point the season's weekend format would be done away with and it goes back to the way it is currently.
I'm not thinking about how divisional games would play out and how many, but in the case of Interleague play, there could be an entire month where each National League team plays four different American League teams and vice versa. Regional rivalries like Mets-Yankees, Cubs-White Sox, Dodgers-Angels and Giants-Athletics are a given here.
I might be missing something else but I don't know. I've said enough and I'm sure you've already made up your mind before reaching this point.
Well, what are your thoughts? Let me have it!
Like it or loathe it?
Is this crazy? Am I crazy?
What's best for the League?