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Selig wants more playoffs in '12, Astros to AL

Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 10:42 pm
Bud SeligBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Bud Selig hopes to have an expanded postseason starting in 2012, the commissioner told Jeff Passan of

"It will depend on a whole series of things," Selig said. "The holdup is working out all the details."

Despite Selig's optimism, Passan writes a source tells him the chances of a 10-team playoffs next season are "iffy at best."

The biggest hangup is realignment. And that's being held up by the delay in approving Jim Crane's purchase of the Astros. Passan cites a source that Crane would be OK with moving his team to the American League West, creating six five-team divisions. Crane has little leverage, so moving the Astros remains Selig's best chance at evening the leagues with 15 teams each. According to Fox 26 in Houston, Selig has already asked Crane to move to the American League and the fact he hasn't accepted yet is why he hasn't been approved.

As for the exact format an extend playoff would take -- will it be a one-game playoff between the two wild cards or a three-game series? That's still undecided.

Selig also told Passan that he's still firm on retiring on Dec. 31, 2012, when his contract is up -- "even though a lot of people don't believe it," Selig said.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:11 am

Selig wants more playoffs in '12, Astros to AL

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 11:08 pm

Selig wants more playoffs in '12, Astros to AL

This does NOT need to happen. The team to move to the AL is the Marlins.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:45 pm

Selig wants more playoffs in '12, Astros to AL

Great point, Iozzo.  I've never heard that point brought up in any of the discussions but it would make a big mess.

It's shameful that the commissioner is basically blackmailing Crane.  Moving the team should not be a condition for ownership.  As an Astros fan, I don't think it would be terrible to move, but it seems ridiculous.  The team has always been in the NL and it will destroy some good rivalries.  The Brewers started in the AL, so why aren't they the choice if a team has to be moved.

This natural rivalry between Houston and Texas is ridiculous.  There are many other "natural" rivalries.  It's just a lazy excuse.  Destroying the team's tradition in the NL just so they can be in the same division as Texas.  That's just stupid.  The same argument could be used to put the Mets and Yankees in the same division or the White Sox and Cubs.
Let's get rid of Selig first and then have some real consideration be given to this issue.  He is worthless.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:04 am

How will 15 teams work in a schedule?

We have 16 teams in the NL. That is a possible eight games in a night. We have 14 teams in the NL. That is a possible seven games in a night.

But what if we have 15 teams?

That would leave an odd team out in each league. So the MLB would have to have one series of interleague play every few days or have two teams sit out a series. It sounds like no one is really thinking this through.

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:47 am

Selig wants more playoffs in '12, Astros to AL

Baseball will be alot better when dictator Selig is gone.  This assclown has done nothing to improve the game.  He forces out Fay Vincent and places himself as commissioner, then implements the idea (wild card,3 divisions) that Vincent had and makes it his own.  He looked the other way on steroids as an owner and then as commissioner.  He took no action until the stories in Canseco's book started proving true.  Commissioned a bogus report and then tabled it when he found out that the games biggest stars were implemented.  Gives into Steinbrenner by approving a second team in Florida (Rays) and uses it as an excuse to get the Brewers out of the AL so it no longer has to compete with the Yanks and the Red Sox.  The only original idea was to make the most important game in the season (game 7 of the series) depend on the winner of the all star game, an exhibition.  It hasn't worked as the ratings have gone down each of the last 4 years.  He has repeatedly stopped the potential sale of a franchise to an owner, specifically Cuban trying to buy the Cubs, Rangers and the minority ownership of the Mets, if he thinks that the owner might not go along with his warped vision of baseball's future.  He is attempting to take over the Dodgers, blocking a potential TV deal McCourt arranged because he now views McCourt as an enemy and wants him out of baseball.  Blackmailing the incoming owner of the Astros by holdng up the sale until Crane agrees to move to the AL despite the fact that Selig's "former" team has more of a history in the AL then the Astros who have always been an NL team.  I'm sure this has nothing to do with the fact that Drayton McClane was his puppet and went along with everything, including moving a key Astros series to Milwaukee during a playoff run after hurricane Ike.  You think either Steinbrenner or John Henry would have had to move three home games during a playoff run.  I can't believe the owners, who are Selig's boss, allows this idiot to force this crap on them. 

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:34 am

Selig wants more playoffs in '12, Astros to AL

I wonder if people including myself would be more willing to listen to the extended playoffs if it wasn't Bud Selig with the plan.  I think there needs to be more playoff teams but not sure a 1-3 game format is best. 

I would hate to see the astros leave the national league for the fact that I think if anybody should leave it should be the Brewers who came over from the American League. 

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:48 pm

Selig wants more playoffs in '12; Astros to AL

I can't wait for Selig to get the hell out of there. He is truely losing it!! No more playoff rounds!!It's too much.
Move the damn Brewers back to the AL where they belong! Bud has had this problem. He thinks the Brewers are the Milwaukee Braves.
Sorry Bud, they are not the same team. Now he wants to mess with the Astros. What a moron... While your'e at it Bud why don't you make a decision about the Athletics stadium situation??....I used to respect him years ago, but not anymore.

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