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How MLB's Move Back to October Worked Out

PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- Well, Major League Baseball fans, your brief "national pastime" nightmare is over. The World Series will never again take place in November, and baseball's old guard and broadcast partners couldn't be happier.

At least not under Commissioner Bud Selig's watch. He experimented with holding Opening Day on March 31 in 2011 and was instantly repaid when that year's dramatic seven-game World Series between the Texas Rangers and eventual champion St. Louis Cardinals ended on Oct. 28. After a brief return to an early April Opening Day in 2012, which had little impact thanks to the San Francisco Giants making quick work of the Detroit Tigers in that year's championship matchup, the league returned Opening Day to March 31 this year.

"Anything we could do to finish in October is what I wanted to do," Selig said back in 2010.

He did it, but what real difference does it make? The World Series has reached November only three times during the modern era. In 2001, the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks pushed that year's World Series Game 7 to Nov. 4. In that case, we assure you, having people gathered in large public places under tightened security and interrupting playoff games to show addresses from the White House on stadium screens was far more jarring than brisk November temperatures in the Bronx.

In 2010, the World Series again ended on Nov. 4 thanks to the World Baseball Classic pushing back the start of the season. It didn't help, however, that the following year saw the World Series end Nov. 1 just because the league wanted to start the season April 4. This year, however, Game 7 is slated for Oct. 31 -- which could still push the series into November if the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals go into extra innings and extend the game past midnight.

It's a similar scenario that got us to this point in the first place. Game 4 of the 2001 World Series drifted into the 10th inning and past midnight on the East Coast, prompting the folks running the Yankee Stadium scoreboard to post the message "Welcome to November Baseball." When New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit a game-winning solo home run off of Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Byung-Hyun Kim to end the game, the scoreboard crew came through once again by dubbing Jeter "Mr. November" -- referring to former Yankee Reggie Jackson's playoff heroics as "Mr. October."

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