MLB Follows EIHL in Structure Changes

When the Elite League announced its conference structure back in April some EIHL fans cried out about the disparity between fixtures. No longer were there 3 home games and 3 away against each side. That system of course had already expired when you consider the home and away ties in the challenge cup as well. But Elite League fans should spare a moment for baseball fans.

The MLB has announced changes to its conference and divisional set up and has provisionally announced its schedule for the 2013 MLB season. See if you can get your head around this.

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• Clubs play 19 games against divisional opponents, for 76 division games total. The 19 games will be played in six series: three at home and three on the road.

• Each club will play either six or seven games against non-divisional league opponents. Those games will be played in two series: one at home and one on the road. Overall, 66 games will be played against non-divisional league opponents.

• Each club will play 20 Interleague games throughout the season. Those games will be played in eight series: four at home and four on the road. Interleague series featuring prime rivals will include back-to-back two-game series spanning both cities/venues. The week featuring Interleague Play’s prime rivals will begin on Monday, May 27, with the host clubs in the same matchups shifting on Wednesday, May 29.

Of course unlike the EIHL in the MLB all that matters  is who wins the playoffs so it doesn’t really matter how you get there.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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