Saturday, November 9, 2013

Video: Watch how Major League Baseball depended on this couple for over two decades to make schedule

For over two decades, Major League Baseball enlisted the help of Holly and Harry Stevenson, natives of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., to develop the schedules for every team in the league.

For those of you doing the math at home, the process consists of 30 teams who play a combined 2,430 games over the course of a 180-day span. Additionally, each team has to play each other a very specific number of times, on an equal distribution of week days and weekends, all while complying with MLB's strict travel regulations.

It doesn't really sound like a job that two humble souls from the Northeast could handle by themselves, does it? Well, that is exactly what the Stevensons did from 1982 to 2004, though.

Now, the scheduling is handled by a company that uses complex combinatorial optimization to create a playable schedule for all clubs.

Via SportsGrid

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