KANSAS CITY. Mo. — The last time the Mets played in the World Series, everything was finished by now. When Mike Piazza flied out to end the fifth and final game of the 2000 World Series, it was Oct. 26.
This year’s World Series, which is set to start Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium, could extend to Nov. 4 if it reaches a seventh game. It would be the fourth time the World Series has spilled over into November, after 2001 (when the Sept. 11 attacks pushed back the schedule), 2009 and 2010.
An easy solution would seem to be to start the regular season earlier and play the first week of games in warm-weather cities and domed stadiums. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he did not like the idea of playing in November but suggested he had no choice.