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Husband-and-wife team has been setting the MLB schedule for over 20 years? (video)

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This is beyond fascinating. A new “30 for 30” short from ESPN chronicles how Henry and Holly Stephenson, a husband-and-wife duo, have spent the last 25 years of their lives tackling the daunting task of coming up with the schedule for Major League Baseball. That’s 30 teams, 162 games apiece and a massive amount of logistical and practical issues to take on and overcome.

Entitled, “The Schedule Makers,” the short documents how the Stephensons seemingly do the impossible with a computer, a pencil and some paper. Crazy, crazy stuff.

A synopsis of the short, directed by Joseph Garner (via ESPN.com):

The season’s schedule for major league baseball affects the lives and moods of millions of Americans. Each year executives and managers ridicule the logic, sportswriters and broadcasters question the sanity, and athletes and fans cast blame. Yet not many people know how it is that the MLB schedule is figured out, and even fewer have any idea what is involved. The masterminds for 25 years behind this massive logistical undertaking were Henry and Holly Stephenson. A husband and wife duo working out of an upstairs bedroom in their Staten Island home with a computer, a pencil and a great deal of cooperation. How did this mom-and-pop team ever end up with the daunting and thankless job of MLB scheduling? This is the story of how the Stephensons landed their first MLB contract and became “The Schedule Makers.”

Fascinating.

[Grantland]

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