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MLB Considers Shortening, Eliminating Six-Game "Natural" Rivalry Series

MLB looking to shorten natural rivalry series in next season's schedule
MLB is working on a scheduling reconfiguration for the '13 season and beyond that "likely will eliminate the Mets and Yankees as well as other 'natural rivals' playing home-and-home, six-game series annually," according to sources cited by Adam Rubin of ESPN N.Y. Games between natural rivals "likely will be limited to three games at one ballpark, or two games apiece at each ballpark." Rubin noted while the six-game Mets-Yankees series "increased the difficulty of the Mets' schedule, the Yankees annually playing three games a season at Citi Field has provided a boost to attendance and revenue." Sources noted that the '13 MLB schedule, and the "precise new configurations, are still being discussed." The potential scheduling change comes as the Astros will move from the NL Central to the AL West beginning with the '13 MLB season (, 4/30). YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Kaduk wrote, "I'm guessing those ongoing 'discussions' involve" White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf and Mets Owner Fred Wilpon "complaining about the guaranteed three sellouts that could disappear from their ledgers every few seasons." Kaduk: "Apart from someone with a financial stake in the schedule, I can't imagine anyone having that big of a problem with this change should it be implemented" (, 4/30).
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