Sunday Confessional: I’m Nitpicky When It Comes To Baseball’s Schedule


Apr 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins ground crew use steam to clear snow from the seats before a game between Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday Confessional: A series where Senior Editor Collin Kottke confesses something on Sundays. Seems simplistic enough, we’ll see.

I’m nitpicky when it comes to certain things, one of those certain things happens to be when the game of baseball is played. Not necessarily the time of day; if Major League Baseball wanted to start a game at 10 A.M. and start the last one at midnight so I could watch baseball all day, I would be in heaven. I am nit-picky when it comes to the months baseball is played in.

Baseball that matters, regular season and playoffs, can only be played between the months of April and October. That is it, no questions asked.

The Minnesota Twins haven’t had to face the problem of playing in November anytime recently, but they will be kicking off the regular season on March 31 in Chicago. I do not accept this.

March is winter. April is spring. It is as simple as that to me.

I know that there are bargaining agreements and possible winter weather to deal with, but push back the start of the season until April where it truly belongs. Schedule a double-header; it is not going to kill anyone.

Besides, a double-header in July in Chicago would be a lot more festive than a cold March day. The only reason anyone will be in the stadium is because it is Opening Day. Resist, White Sox fans. Don’t go to the ballpark until spring.

Baseball is already three seasons long, winter can be the couple months where we actually pay attention to things that aren’t baseball.