Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. Supports Idea Of Shortened Schedule

Almora is in agreement with teammate Anthony Rizzo.

McNeil & Parkins Show
April 18, 2018 - 10:16 am
Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr.

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(670 The Score) The Cubs had a game postponed for the third time in four days Wednesday as unseasonably cold weather continues to consume the Midwest and much of the country.

Baseball games have been postponed at a record rate this April, now with 25 games getting pushed back. It has created debate as to whether the 162-game season should be shortened so as to play fewer contests in the chillier spring weather. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo supported that idea Tuesday, and teammate Albert Almora Jr. is also in favor of a shortened schedule, as he explained on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Tuesday.

"I don't see why not," Almora said. "I think you could (still) determine the best teams with a shorter season. I don't think there's a reason to play 162 and determine at that length who's the best team. I think we could determine it before that.

"I don't know how the conversations would be like for the players' union and what we would talk about. But when it comes down to a shorter season, I think everybody would be in favor of that."

However, the concept of moving away from a 162-game schedule seems to be unlikely because it would require league owners losing major revenue from both game sales and television dollars.

"It's what we've been doing for the longest time," Almora said. "I think we're overreacting a bit because of the weather the last couple weeks. It's usually not this bad."