KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Major League Baseball's altered schedule next year is likely to reduce the number of times the Nationals and Orioles play each other.
Players association executive director Michael Weiner said today a byproduct of the Astros' move to the American League in 2013 will be fewer games between geographic interleague rivals, down from six to either three or four.
Weiner, who held a Q&A with members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, said all teams from one division will play 15 games against another division from the opposite league each year under the new format. For example, every NL East team will play three games against every AL Central team.
Interleague teams deemed as "traditional" rivals would then only play three games against each other, meaning the Nationals and Orioles would play one season in Washington and then the next season in Baltimore.
There is a chance, Weiner said, that the interleague rivals could instead play four total games each season: two in one city, two in the other.
You can always count on the New York Daily News to run an audacious cover. The tabloid delivered again Friday with an image edited to show two of the league's best young hitters in Yankees pinstripes: Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and Orioles short stop Manny Machado.
"Bats to the Future" is exactly the headline you'd expect, too.
It's hard to tell what's more odious to Washington and Baltimore fans: the image itself or the suggestion that baseball's new collective bargaining agreement makes it easier for the Yankees to poach their stars.
The premise of that argument comes from sources who say the new CBA contains two changes beneficial to New York: reduced revenue sharing burden (due to tweaks in how sharing is calculated, plus a deduction for the cost of building and running Yankee Stadium) and an increased luxury tax threshold.
Without going into number crunching detail, the Daily News explains how the club could afford Harper and/or Machado when they become free agents after the 2018 season.
The article's tone of inevitability, despite its many assumptions, will rankle fans of all 29 other teams. After all, the Yankees aren't the only franchise interested in Harper and Machado.
The Nationals and Orioles will presumably try to keep their stars. But to do that, they may have to fend off potentially historic money from the Bronx.
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