“Minnesota: They Want to Be Away During Fishing Season”

by Jason Epstein

Via Baseball Think Factory, one of the better ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 shorts is entitled ”The Schedule Makers”:

Each year, everyone from front-office executives to sports-radio callers ridicules the logic of the MLB schedule. Complaints aside, putting this together is a daunting task: 30 teams, 162 games a year, cross-country flights, night games, day games . . . you name it. So, who manages all of this? For almost a quarter-century it was the husband-and-wife duo of Henry and Holly Stephenson, two math and computer whizzes who did it all with nothing but a pencil and a piece of paper.

The video may be found here.

My favorite line from the segment stems from the special requests made by the various teams. Mr. Stephenson’s eyes light up as he reads, “Minnesota: They want to be away during fishing season.”

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