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Mike Scioscia: “We can’t have baseball in November ... I don’t think the Pilgrims set it up that way”

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 08: Manager Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signals during the game against the Cleveland Indians on May 8, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The win was Scoiscia’s 1,000th career victory as a manager as the Angels won 6-5. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Angels manager and MLB special committee for on-field matters member Mike Scioscia said yesterday that he’s against the playoffs lasting into November, saying baseball can avoid that without having to shorten the regular season schedule from 162 games.

Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that MLB could remove days rather than games from the regular season schedule by streamlining travel and scheduling doubleheaders, saying of the current setup: “I don’t know what kindergartner figured that one out, but I think maybe we can move to first grade and get that a little better organized.”

He also advocated removing off days from the playoff schedule, which in addition to keeping the postseason from dragging into November would also force teams to actually use their fourth and fifth starters rather than relying primarily on a three-man rotation that isn’t representative of the regular season team.

“We can’t have baseball played in November,” Scioscia told DiGiovanna. “I don’t think the Pilgrims set it up that way.”