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Old 08-08-2019, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I saw something in scheduling today that I don't think I've ever seen before:

an MLB team coming to a city with two franchises and playing both, back-to-back.

The Athletics are in Chicago. Yesterday they concluded a series on the North Side against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Tomorrow they start one on the South Side against the White Sox at Guarantee Rate Field.

I would obviously think this wasn't the first time that has happened, but it must be very, very rare. Anyone know?

For the record, "being in the same city" refers too....

New York
Chicago
Los Angeles
Bay Area

(not Baltimore or Washington)
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:57 AM
 
Location: North America
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I saw something in scheduling today that I don't think I've ever seen before:

an MLB team coming to a city with two franchises and playing both, back-to-back.

The Athletics are in Chicago. Yesterday they concluded a series on the North Side against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Tomorrow they start one on the South Side against the White Sox at Guarantee Rate Field.

I would obviously think this wasn't the first time that has happened, but it must be very, very rare. Anyone know?

For the record, "being in the same city" refers too....

New York
Chicago
Los Angeles
Bay Area

(not Baltimore or Washington)
It's not all that rare. A quick glance at schedules shows that in 2018 the Texas Rangers played three games at Oakland, and then after a day off (which they undoubtedly spent in the Bay Area) started three games at San Francisco. The 2017 Indians did the same thing, minus the off day.

Proximity commonly factors into scheduling road trips. Swings pairing Chicago and Milwaukee, the two Florida teams or the two Texas teams, multiple teams in California, and so forth - these are all common in MLB.

It's even more common in the NBA and NHL, not just in New York and Los Angeles but again regionally. NBA teams will play back-to-back games in Texas, or sometimes three in four nights. NHL teams will do the same in swings to western Canada (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver). Since there are far more off days in basketball and hockey, it's easier to execute these convenient schedulings in those sports than in baseball.

As an aside, I'm not sure why you exclude the Baltimore/Washington pairing. The Angels do not play in Los Angeles, and the distance between the Dodgers' and Angels' stadiums is 32 miles - not much closer than the 38 miles separating the Nationals and Orioles.
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Old 08-08-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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With interleague play a year long thing now it's not as uncommon as you may think as teams will likely have to play a game in both cities at some point during the year. I know for a fact the Nationals 4 years ago had a series in Oakland and than a series in San Francisco (or might have been vice versa), they kept the same hotel. I believe the Blue Jays have also done so recently. Not sure if anyone's done it before this year though.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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The introduction of interleague play forced changes in the way games were scheduled. I think the move to make both leagues into 15 teams each, meaning that there had to be at least one interleague series going each day, has had an even larger impact.

Before this change, it was very rare that the Giants and the A's were in town on the same day. Now it seems to occur quite frequently. There was also the oddity last Friday of having four of the 30 teams not playing. Since weekend games are better attended, no club would deliberately try and make a Friday into an off day, so I assume that it was done because there was no other way to make the schedule come out evenly. The A's were one of the teams not playing, and the reason was that they only had two game left of their four scheduled against the Cardinals this season.
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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It's nothing new, it happened dozens of times a year until the Giants and Dodgers left New York after the 1957 season.

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As an aside, I'm not sure why you exclude the Baltimore/Washington pairing. The Angels do not play in Los Angeles, and the distance between the Dodgers' and Angels' stadiums is 32 miles - not much closer than the 38 miles separating the Nationals and Orioles.
I agree, the decision to exclude Baltimore/Washington seems rather arbitrary. And plenty of teams visited the Senators and Orioles back-to-back in the '60s.
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Old 08-10-2019, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The introduction of interleague play forced changes in the way games were scheduled. I think the move to make both leagues into 15 teams each, meaning that there had to be at least one interleague series going each day, has had an even larger impact.

Before this change, it was very rare that the Giants and the A's were in town on the same day. Now it seems to occur quite frequently. There was also the oddity last Friday of having four of the 30 teams not playing. Since weekend games are better attended, no club would deliberately try and make a Friday into an off day, so I assume that it was done because there was no other way to make the schedule come out evenly. The A's were one of the teams not playing, and the reason was that they only had two game left of their four scheduled against the Cardinals this season.
It probably wasn't the start of interleague play that set things up for these back-to-back series (other than a real rarity); it was the reorganization of the two leagues-in-name-only so that each had 15 teams, thus the need to have interleague play throughout the MLB season. Odd numbers make that a necessity. If I am not mistaken, prior to this there would be intervals where everyone was playing outside their league at the same time, so the possibilities of those back-to-back series would have been slim. They could only happen in situations where, let's say, the Red Sox were playing the Yankees and the interleague series interval was starting afterwords , so they would then go on to play the Mets.
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Picking a year/team at random, the 1950 Cardinals played at Brooklyn and New York back-to-back on three different road trips. So there probably almost a thousand such connections. 6 x 3 x 50.
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