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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Raising Arizona questions

There's a notion out there that there's an MLB rule that requires an even number of teams to be in Arizona and Florida for spring training, i.e., the Reds are using Arizona as a negotiating ploy.

If there is such rule, neither the Reds nor the Katy Feeney, of MLB, have heard about it.

"I don't know of a specific rule," said Feeney, senior vice-president of the scheduling and club relations.

"I'm not aware of any rule," John Allen said.

An odd numbers of teams would create scheduling problems.

"You'd have a lot of off days and split-squad games," Feeney said. "Teams don't like split squads late in the schedule."

It's something that MLB can get around, particularly with increased emphasis on international baseball. This year, in fact, the Boston Red Sox leave Florida on March 19 for a trip to Japan. They follow that with games in Los Angeles to wrap up the exhibition season.

Teams also play college teams.


at 2:08 PM Anonymous Jeff said...

Thanks for checking it out, Mr.Faye. A guy from Baseball Digest still insists there's something to the rule. But I don't find them a good source for inside info.

at 3:50 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

Why would they have a rule like that when they allow NL Central teams to start the year with a 1 in 6 chance to make the playoffs and AL West teams to have a 1 in 4? Bud's all about money, common sense be darned.

at 5:15 PM OpenID virginiapreps said...


Off topic but do you think there will be any more roster moves (trades) made prior to spring training?

at 7:11 PM Blogger Pat said...

Has there ever been an even number?

good point grizzly. and AL east teams (other than NY & Bos) have no chance.

at 1:49 AM Blogger Jeff said...

Good points, grizzly and Pat. I haven't thought much about it previously, but having six teams in one division and four in another is screwy. Why not send the bleepin' Brewers back to the AL and put the Royals in the AL West?

at 7:47 AM Blogger Pat said...

you can't have 15 in each. Then someone always has a series off, unless you make that the interleague games.

front page in AZ - Reds are coming!

at 10:19 PM Anonymous Justin said...

I don't see why there couldn't 15 teams in each league. As Pat said, just have a Interleague series at all times. Whats the big deal. NFL and NBA has interconference games all the time.

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