How the Schedule Would Work for Maritime CanAm League Teams

Can Am League

The 2015 Can Am League season opened on May 22 and will conclude on September 7.  The league’s six clubs will play a 97 game regular season schedule.  Due to the fact the league had two traveling teams (not included in the six already mentioned), teams have/will play more games at home than on the road.

The games were played against the five other Can Am League teams, plus the two traveling teams.  These traveling teams were the Shikoku Island All-Stars (from the Shikoku Island League in Japan).  These games were played between June 12-28 for a total of 17 games played.  Once the All-Stars traveled back to Japan they were replaced with the Empire State Grays, another traveling team playing games from June 29 until the season’s completion on September 7, they will play a total of 61 games.  The remaining games (about 12-18 per club) were played as inter-league games against clubs from the American Association.

The league has three teams in Canada (Ottawa, Quebec & Trois-Rivieres) and three in the United States (Rockland, Sussex County & New Jersey).  The ideal scenario to have Maritime teams in the league is to have two (I am using Halifax and Moncton as an example) of them so they could act as travel partners with one another.  This would work by having them at home & on the road at the same time, playing teams in pairs by switching opponents every other series (this is illustrated in the sample schedules below).  This hypothetical schedule tries to stay true to the real schedule in terms of dates (ie when the traveling teams are playing & closing day) and format (ie interleague & traveling teams).  Some changes were made to accommodate the extra teams.  First, the schedule was expanded to 100 games & opening day was moved up to May 16 (Victoria Day Saturday), this added three off days to each teams schedule.  Also, Shikoku Island plays each team just twice (in real life they played 2, 3, or 4 teams against various teams.  Empire State plays eight games against each opponent (instead of 10ish against everyone).

The schedule breakdown for both clubs is as follows:

  • 10 games (5 home, 5 away) against the seven other CanAm League teams.  This would give as a total of 70 games (35 home, 35 away)
  • 18 interleague games (9 home, 9 away).  These would be played against random opponents.
  • 2 games against Shikoku Island (both at home)
  • 8 games against Garden State (all at home)
  • 2 additional games against each other (1 home, 1 away)
  • This gives us a total of 100 games (55 home, 45 away)

Here are the sample schedules:

Halifax:
Sat May 16 – Mon May 18: vs. Quebec
Tue May 19 – Wed May 20: vs. New Jersey
Fri May 22 – Sun May 24: @ Rockland
Mon May 25 – Tue May 26: @ Sussex County
Thu May 28 – Sun May 31: @ Moncton
Tue June 2 – Thu June 4: vs. Ottawa
Fri June 5 – Sun June 7: vs. Rockland
Tue June 9 – Wed June 10: @ Trois-Rivieres
Fri June 12 – Sun June 14: @ Quebec
Tue June 16 – Thu June 18: vs. Kansas City (AA)
Sat June 20 – Sun June 21: vs. Shikoku Island (Japan)
Mon June 22 – Wed June 24: vs. Moncton
Fri June 26 – Sun June 28: @ Sussex County
Mon June 29 – Tue June 30: @ New Jersey
Wed July 1 – Thu July 2: @ Moncton
Fri July 3 – Sun July 5: vs. Lincoln (AA)
Mon July 6 – Wed July 8: vs. Fargo-Moorhead (AA)
Fri July 10 – Sun July 12: @ Trois-Rivieres
Tue July 14-Wed July 15: @ Ottawa
Thu July 16-Sun July 19: vs. Empire State
Mon July 20 – Wed July 22: vs. New Jersey
Fri July 24 – Sun July 26: @ Gary (AA)
Tue July 28 – Thu July 30: @ Winnipeg (AA)
Fri July 31 – Sun Aug 2: @ St. Paul (AA)
Mon Aug 3 – Tue Aug 4: vs. Ottawa
Fri Aug 7 – Sun Aug 9: vs Trois-Rivieres
Mon Aug 10 – Wed Aug 12: vs. Sussex County
Fri Aug 14 – Mon Aug 17: vs. Empire State
Wed Aug 19 – Thu Aug 20: @ Quebec
Fri Aug 21 – Sun Aug 23: @ Ottawa
Tue Aug 25 – Thu Aug 27: vs. Sussex County
Fri Aug 28 – Sat Aug 29: vs. Rockland
Sun Aug 30 – Mon Aug 31: vs. Trois-Riveres
Wed Sep 2 – Thu Sep 3: vs. Quebec
Sat Sep 5 – Mon Sep 7: vs. Moncton

Moncton:
Sat May 16 – Mon May 18: vs. New Jersey
Tue May 19 – Wed May 20: vs. Quebec
Fri May 22 – Sun May 24: @ Sussex County
Mon May 25 – Tue May 26: @ Rockland
Thu May 28 – Sun May 31: vs. Halifax
Tue June 2 – Thu June 4: vs. Rockland
Fri June 5 – Sun June 7: vs. Ottawa
Tue June 9 – Wed June 10: @ Quebec
Fri June 12 – Sun June 14: @ Trois-Rivieres
Tue June 16 – Wed June 17: vs. Shikoku Island (Japan)
Fri June 19 – Sun June 21: vs. Kansas City (AA)
Mon June 22 – Wed June 24: @Halifax
Fri June 26 – Sun June 28: @ New Jersey
Mon June 29 – Tue June 30: @ Sussex County
Wed July 1 – Thu July 2: vs. Halifax
Fri July 3 – Sun July 5: vs. Fargo – Moorhead (AA)
Mon July 6 – Wed July 8: vs. Lincoln (AA)
Fri July 10 – Sune July 12: @Ottawa
Tue July 14 – Wed July 15: @ Trois-Rivieres
Sat July 18 – Sun July 19: vs. New Jersey
Mon July 20 – Thu July 23: vs. Empire State
Fri July 24 – Sun July 26: @ Winnipeg (AA)
Mon July 27 – Wed Jul 29: @ St. Paul (AA)
Fri July 31 – Sun Aug 2: @ Gary (AA)
Tue  Aug 4 – Thu Aug 6: vs. Trois-Rivieres
Sat Aug 8 – Sun Aug 9: vs. Ottawa
Mon Aug 10 – Thu Aug 13: vs. Empire State
Fri Aug 14 – Sun Aug 16: vs. Sussex County
Tue Aug 18 – Wed Aug 19: @ Ottawa
Fri Aug 21 – Sun Aug 23: @ Quebec
Wed Aug 26 – Thu Aug 27: vs. Rockland
Fri Aug 28 – Sat Aug 29: vs. Sussex County
Sun Aug 30 – Tue Sep 1: vs. Quebec
Wed Sep 2 – Thu Sep 3: vs. Trois-Riveres
Sat Sep 5 – Mon Sep 7: @ Halifax

The above is a rough idea of how a professional schedule would look like for Halifax and Moncton teams in the Can Am.  Due to the number of two game series, this resulted in a few oddities in the schedules (Friday off days, Saturday get away days are two examples).  This was thrown together in half an hour or so, so with more thought I could have gotten rid of some of these.  But the point remains on how two teams can work as travel partners while playing a league schedule (it was a bit of a challenge to include inter-league / road team opponents but it is able to be done).

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