From SABR member Sean Forman at Baseball-Reference.com on June 15:
We have historical totals for major league baseball on our leagues directory and I noticed that we are fast approaching the 200,000th game in major league history.
There is probably some room for interpretation on when exactly it will occur. How do you count forfeits, suspended games etc. And I’m including the National Association in my total, but the fact remains that some time between July 1 and the end of the season MLB will have played 200,000 games, no matter how you count it.
I’m using NA, UA, AA, PL and FL in my calculations. If you use all of those we are 266 away. using what I have of the schedule, it appears we’ll hit 200k on July 4th. Assuming there are less that 5 rainouts between now and then. The second question is when do we mark a game as completed? The 5th? The end of the game?
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Originally published: June 16, 2011. Last Updated: June 16, 2011.