The baseball season started a few minutes ago with Atlanta playing Philadelphia. I’ve been working with Major League Baseball for more than a dozen years, and my (along with partners, of course) company, The Sports Scheduling Group, produces the schedules for MLB (our chief scheduler Kelly Easton does all the hard work, but I do the final day assignments), as well as for the umpires (which I do, based on some fantastic work done a few years ago in a Tepper School MBA project, further developed in Hakan Yildiz‘ dissertation). The start of the season is always a time of anxiety for me (not strong anxiety, but a gnawing fear): what if I forgot to put in a game? What if Philadelphia shows up tonight, but Atlanta’s schedule has them in Los Angeles? It is a rather silly worry, since thousands have people have looked at the schedule at this point, so it is unlikely that anything particularly egregious is happening.
Still, I was happy tonight to see Brett Myers toss the first pitch to Kelly Johnson (a ball).
And know that he did so because of operations research.