Game times, umps announced for Division Series

The schedule is out for the first three games of the Division Series, and it’s heavy on day baseball. Between the postseason presence of two teams in the Baltimore-Washington area, and the desire to accommodate West Coast fans with later start times, the one series guaranteed to have two teams in the Eastern time zone is getting the early starts.

It won’t be the case for the series opener, though Game 1 on Thursday could start before 6pm depending on whom the Angels face in the other ALDS. It will be the case for the other two games.

Game 2 on Friday could be a noon start if the Nationals are facing the Giants. It’ll be a 3pm start if the Pirates are facing the Nationals. Either way, it’s a baseball doubleheader for fans in the Beltway.

Detroit, too, is getting a doubleheader of the football-baseball kind. Game 3 Sunday at Comerica Park is scheduled for a 3:45pm start, right around the time the Lions and Bills are likely headed towards the two-minute warning across the street at Ford Field. It’ll be the reverse version of the doubleheader the two teams had downtown a few weeks ago, only without the weekday work traffic. With two stadiums’ worth of fans heading downtown, plan accordingly for traffic and parking hassles.

Tickets, by the way, are still available for Games 3 and 4, if Sunday’s schedule frees you up to go (say, without having to sacrifice sleep ahead of your work day Monday). You can pick up tickets online at, by phone at 866-66-TIGER or in person at the Comerica Park box office.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday: Game 1, Camden Yards — 5:37pm (if Royals win AL Wild Card) or 6:07pm (if A’s win Wild Card)

Friday: Game 2, Camden Yards — 12:07pm (if Giants win NL Wild Card) or 3:07pm ET (if Pirates win NL Wild Card)

Sunday: Game 3, Comerica Park — 3:45pm

Monday: Game 4 (if necesary), Comerica Park — TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 8: Game 5 (if necessary), Camden Yards — TBD

Also announced was the umpiring crew for the series. Jeff Kellogg will be the crew chief. Joining him will be Scott Barry, Dan Bellino, Fieldin Culbreth, Paul Schrieber and Jim Wolf. Replay officials stationed in NY for the various Division Series will be CB Bucknor, Chris Conroy, Ed Hickox and Brian O’Nora.


A noon start, seriously? How about they accommodate the working class Detroit fans instead of the west coast fans… Go Pirates! I guess.

Ya I know it is a bunch of crap. I’m lucky because my schedule is a bit more flexible. But I know my spouse is unpleasant. It stinks for the Baltimore fans either. Weekday early afternoon game stupid, stupid, stupid. They always talk about how they want to get more eyes on the games how are you doing that with a game that early?
Another stupid thing. Lions are at home on Sunday. Downtown will be a disaster and an I am sure that it will keep some baseball fans away because of parking and some football fans who might attend the baseball game will no longer be able to go to the Tigers game.

I know GK – just was talking to my sisters about when to time our arrival in Detroit for the game and how far away we will have to park. We might be shooting to arrive in the D just after the start of the Lions game and have a late lunch someplace while watching the football. the one upside for Sunday is it will be warmer and not so late getting home

It is not MLB fault if the city was unable to plan before building those park so close

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