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Selig expects expanded playoffs in 2012

Posted on: April 21, 2011 5:16 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Bud SeligCommissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that he expects the baseball playoffs to go from eight teams to 10 in time for the 2012 season.

Selig has previously said he supports expanded playoffs, but speaking with the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, he said he expects it to be a reality.

"I would say we're moving to expanding the playoffs, but there's a myriad of details to work out," Selig said. "Ten is a fair number."

Selig said there would be two wild card teams and those two teams would meet before facing facing division winners.

"The more we've talked about it, I think we're moving inexorably to that," Selig said.

The biggest decision is how many games the new wild card round would be and how long the others teams would have to sit.

I don't really see any good reason other than trying to get more money out of its postseason television contracts.

The question then becomes just how many games you play -- do the wild card teams play a one-and-done? Is that enough after a 162-game season? Does that put the teams at a disadvantage in the next round having burned its best pitcher, presumably for that game, while then getting ready for a best-of-five in the Divisional Series?

If you have a three-game wild card round, how far does that push back the Divisional Series and is that fair for those team waiting around for so long? And when does the World Series start and end? November?

The longer the games are pushed back, the more weather becomes a factor more than it needs to be in baseball.

As much as anything, it feels wrong. Of course, I didn't like the Wild Card when it was announced, so I could be wrong.

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Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:25 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs in 2012

Bud Selig is a joke of a commissioner. It seems every decision he makes his horrible. I am not in favor of expanding more teams for the playoffs. Baseball has a 162 game regular season schedule. If you are not one of the four best teams in your respective leagues then you do not deserve a chance in the playoffs. They should make the divisional series a best of seven scenario instead. Also, all the playoff series should be set up as such. Two games on, one day off, three games on, one day off, two games on if necessary. They could start a couple of the series one day later to maximize the amount of games not being played at the same time. Play a few day games, especially the small market teams because nobody watches them anyways, with the exception of die-hard baseball fans. Now here is the kicker. No matter what any intelligent writer like myself writes, none of our scenarios will play out because of the cold hard truth- money. Selig has deals with television and baseball to maximize profit and he will do anything to make sure that happens. It doesn't matter if it truly ruins the game or ruins playoff baseball as long as MLB gets more money. Whatever they come up with will of course be ridiculous, kinda like the NCAA Tournament adding four more teams to the tournament. Wish for the best, baseball fans. Your commissioner is probably going to ruin the game before he is out of the office.

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:56 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs in 2012

Bud, I've written to do you 500 times. Here is what you do.

12 teams. 4 Wild Cards

7 game Wild Card series
7 game NLDS
7 game NLCS
7 game WS

This will require 14 extra days of the year to make sure the season ends by Nov.
Where do you get 14 extra days?
You play 14 double headers. Over a seven month season that is exactly ONE EVERY TWO WEEKS!!!!!

So simple it must be bad somehow.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:26 pm

Winter Ball is oh so popular!!!

If you have a three-game wild card round, how far does that push back the Divisional Series and is that fair for those team waiting around for so long? And when does the World Series start and end? November?

Damn Bud --- can you ruin the game enough?
Can you see the playoffs be snowed out and the World Series end in December
Before expanding the playoffs, why don't you look at the attendance records around the ball parks and focus on the regular season before expanding in the playoffs

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:25 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs in 2012

Doesn't make sense to add another Wild Card team??!!!

Just make the Division Series best of 7 instead of 5 games.

Hockey/basketball has it in 1st rounds and it makes sense in Baseball.

One thing would be to not have so many days off during the playoffs, I believe they have shortened it up for 2011.

Baseball is played almost everyday throughout the season, so only have 1/2 days off between end of season and playoffs and playoff rounds.

Pretty soon it will be 16 teams in like basketball/hockey and the playoffs will last 2 months?????

Hey Bud, just instill replay on in play calls that have been missed the last few years!!!

Not on balls and strikes, but just fair/foul calls! 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:16 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs in 2012

There is zero competitive reason why this makes sense. Sadly, the idiot savant used car salesman never met a dollar he didn't like.

Granted, division realignment and the subsequent wild card that was created from it made great sense, but unlike football, where a bye is a cherished thing, there is little incentive for byes/long layoffs in baseball aside from rotation alignment.  Hitters get rusty just hitting BP for a week straight, and while their legs will get some rest, little else will benefit except owners' pockets for the four teams playing one more round.

There are too many meaningless games already, Bud.  Adding a short 'play-in series' so you and your band of greedy smacktards can wring 1-2 more million from Fox and the four letter network adds nothing excecpt to push Opening Day further back into March and the WS further into November.

It's similar to trashing your couch because there might be another quarter between the cushions.

Stop damaging the game; retire this thought and retire yourself before you do even more damage.

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