Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wants to open the 2011 season a few days earlier, on Friday April 1st. Typically the season starts on a Monday, with a special opening Sunday night game added in recent years. But Selig is reportedly looking to move up the season in order to make sure the World Series ends before November, as it did last year and could again this year. Under the revised schedule, the regular season would close on Wednesday, September 28th, and the playoffs would start two or three days later. MLB Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner called the idea a positive step.
The addition of the Division Series in the playoffs has helped push the World Series later. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time most teams opened the season on a Friday was in 1905. While the April 1st start is being considered, the 2011 season might actually start about a week earlier. MLB is also looking at starting the campaign with a two-game set between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants in Taiwan in late March.