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Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:19 pm
Bud SeligBy C. Trent Rosecrans

MILWAUKEE -- Postseason expansion is most likely going to baseball, but not as soon as next season, or at leas that's the impression commissioner Bud Selig gave when he spoke to reporters before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

"I don't know yet," Selig said when asked if an expanded postseason could come in 2012. "I think that might be a little optimistic, but I don't know yet."

As for the idea of two more wild card teams, hearing Selig talk, it sounds like it's nearly a done deal. When asked what he thought about those talking about expanded replay, Selig chuckled -- "Since I'm the guy, I guess, I don't want to be too critical of me."

He expanded on the thought a little bit: "Well, let me start by saying I always enjoy -- you know, I'm a history buff, and you learn history teaches you so much if you look back. When I went to the wild card system in Boston in September of '93 -- and I always give John Harrington a great deal of credit for that, John Harrington and Dave Montgomery were my two faithful guys. They were really smart and understood schedules. 

"You remember I got killed. I was getting killed for a lot of things. It was brutal. He's ruining the sport, what's he doing, and so on and so forth. And we kept expanding and expanding and expanding, and somebody had to make an adjustment. You couldn't have 30 teams and just keep it at six.

"It's worked out, I think everybody would admit, better than anybody could have dreamed. You look back. That's why you don't make decisions based on one year. I know I've heard some people say, look, it's perfect, look what we had this year. 

"And it is correct. But you don't do it on the basis of one year, you do it on the basis of overall. 

I've said to everybody I think 10 out of 30 is fair. I think it will produce the number. I will tell you on my 14-man committee -- Tony La Russa is here today, so he could speak to it -- the vote is 14 to nothing, it's been all the way along. We spent hours talking about it."

Selig talked about a few other things, as well, including:

• The upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations: " I couldn't give you a timetable, because that's always dangerous. But they've been quiet, thoughtful and constructive. I hope we'll continue on that path. 

"Far different from the labor negotiations of the '80s, '70s, '90s, stories every day. They were painful. And I remember saying that a lot that this isn't helpful and it isn't healthy. You need to do your work and hopefully you can do it quietly. I think they have. And I give a lot of credit to both parties, Michael Weiner and the Players' Association and Rob Manfred in our group. We have Jerry Reinsdorf and Arte Moreno are part of the negotiating committee. 

"It's been good. It's really been very good. Very constructive. But we shall see what we shall see."

• On the use of the pitch tracker on TV broadcast: " Well, it's part of the world we live in. They do that in all sports now and different things. I really am not critical of that. If I were them, I guess I'd do the same thing."

He added, "I keep asking people how accurate those zones are and I get different answers from different baseball people.  But, a lot of competition out there, a lot of things. So I can't blame them for doing that, I really can't."

• On his meeting with prospective Astros owner Jim Crane last week: "I thought the meeting was constructive. And other than that I don't have anything to say about it. It was the first time he and I really spent any time together, and I thought the meeting was constructive. But nothing more than that."

• On TV ratings for this postseason without the big-market teams: "I'm satisfied. I really am. I think that having different clubs win is not bad at all. And I'm proud of that. But, you know, and I really mean this, what's better for ratings is something we just can't worry about. I think I looked at the last two weeks, it's been just miraculous. Produced great ratings, by the way, I might add. But that last Wednesday night of the season, only baseball -- and I've said this before -- could produce something like that."

• On the Mets' ownership situation: "No, I don't have any concerns. I've talked to Fred [Wilpon] a lot about it and they seem to be making good progress at what they're trying to do. And he feels comfortable with it and I really don't at this point. They've made no demands or anything. They seem to be moving along in the right path."

• On standardizing the designated hitter: "So we've done this 39 years. And I'll say it again, it would take some overall big event that maybe would force people to make a decision. But right now the National League guys don't like it. The American League does like it. And that doesn't bother me at all. 

"Somehow on a great night of irony, that one League has one rule -- and remarkably the fate of western civilization hasn't been changed."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:31 am

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:00 am

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:01 pm

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

Jp, you expressed concern that baseball <popularity> is 'getting close to being the NHL', but then you propose adding 4 more playoff teams.  Wouldn't THAT be more like the NHL?  How would expanding the post-season to include mediocrity improve MLB?  The NHL season does not begin until the second round of the playoffs and the same could be said for the NBA.  Why emulate that?

Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:13 pm

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

How about 30 teams do a 162-game, round-robin, play-in series, and the best team in each league plays a 7-game World Series?

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:55 pm

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

There is absolutely no need to add another round to the playoffs.  Do we want the world series in December?  Dumb, dumb idea.

The only change that makes sense is to expand the first round from 5 to 7 games. 

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:36 pm

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

Typical Bud Selig... only 10 years behind the times.  Of course adding 2 more teams to the post season will add interest to MLB- how can it not?  Yet Bud (in all his infinite wisdom) wants to study it a little longer and delay it for another year.  Hey Bud, why don't you do everyone a favor and just retire already.  You might have been a good commish back in the 1960's or 70's. but its the 21st century now and your outdated thinking is no longer relevent. This guy will be the death of baseball yet!

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:59 pm

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

Until the 60's they only played 154 games so I don't think a shortened season would "wreak havoc" on record books and many records are tainted by substance abuse and the fact that minorities couldn't play before 1947 anyway. Baseball needs to do something because it is dying. Monday night football shouldn't beat playoff baseball on television. They are getting close to being the NHL. I would like to see a 150 game season and 4 more playoff teams.     

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:37 pm

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

The only expansion of the playoffs I would be in favor of would be to 'expand' the first divisional series' to seven games.  Don't even think about adding four more teams and a one game wildcard to the postseason. That would be ridiculous. That said, I wouldn't mind if Selig shortened the regular season to say 150 games but it would wreak havoc on the recordbooks...

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:58 am

Selig says expanded playoffs unlikely in 2012

Hey Bud... Can you please go away.
Go to one of the big banks or stock brokerage houses and ruin that business. 
You have done enough damage in BB, time to say good bye and take Toree with you

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