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Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:31 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 9:19 pm
Bud SeligBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Baseball's expanded playoffs could be ready for the 2012 season, commissioner Bud Selig told reporters at SoxFest in Chicago on Friday.

Bud Selig
"I really believe we'll have the (extra) wild card fo rthis year," Selig said (via the Chicago Tribune.) "Clubs really want it. I don't think I've ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card."

The new wild card round would be one-game playoffs between the two wild card teams. The players and owners have already agreed to the expanded playoffs, with the only question being whether they'd begin in 2012 or 2013. The decision is expected by March 1, according to the Associated Press.

"We're working on dates right now," Selig said. "It looks to me like we'll have it, because I've told everybody we have to have it. It will be exciting. A one-game playoff and it will start the playoffs in a very exciting manner."

Also on Friday, the Associated Press reported that teams tied for the division tittle would now play a one-game playoff instead of using head-to-head record to determine the division winner. That will be necessary because of the new nature of the playoffs -- division winners won't have to play in the one-game wild card playoff, making winning the division more important than in years past.

The new format would also likely mean an end to the rule that doesn't allow two teams from the same division to play in the division series. The winner of the wild card would then play the team with the best record in the league.

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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:09 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Instead of 5 teams making the playoffs, why not six? And why should you have divisions instead of one league. I mean you could have a division winner with a worse record than the so-called 2 wild card teams. Have a best of three, all at the home of the teams that finished 3rd and 4th (1 and 2 get a bye).  The winners then play a best of 5  (1 and 4) against the bye teams. Then the winners play best of 7 (4 and 3 for the better team record)and the WS best of 7. The object is to reward as much as possible the two best teams in the league. With 4 games at home in the second round, they should win but this is baseball. If either 3-6 goes all the way, they could play 22 games including the WS. If 1 and 2 prevail, they could play as many as 19 games. Right now we play 5/7/7 possible which is 19 games. This format also reduces travel so less days off. It adds another team. No one game crap. A reward for having the best season if you can take advantage of it. You might need a one game playoff between 6 and 7. It gets to a more balanced schedule except for whatever interdivisional games you need to play, but that has to be the luck of the draw as it currently is. I know it is only a bone, but can you see the race for 6th? The new proposed system just rewards mediocrity where you have week divisions. 

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:06 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:51 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

They need to shorten the regular season and lengthen the post season.  The only thing wrong with the current playoff is the ALDS is only a 5 game series.  It's ridiculous how long the regular season is and then you have only a 5 game ALDS,  it needs to be 7 games.  The 1 game playoff between wildcards is dumb it should at least be 3 games if not 5.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:20 am

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

I know this is all money driven, but I really don't like the idea of expanding the play-offs.  If you want to do anything, make the first round series a 7 game one too.  But I think this is only going to ruin an already flawed play-off format.  And I really would like them to go back to whomever has the best record gets home field advantage instead of using the All-Star Game as a deciding factor.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:15 am

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Moneyball ? I can't wait for the TRUE human interest story of MLB...BALCOball.

It should earn Bud Selig an Oscar as best supporting actor, playing the conveniently blind Commissioner of MLB, suddenly healed by the U.S. Congress' threats to remove him from office if he didn't address the rampant PED abuse in MLB.

Selig was supposed to be a temporary fill-in as Commissioner, until a REAL one could be found...Much like trusting Bernie Madoff with your money, or Charles Manson with a troop of Girl Scouts, good intentions can sometimes produce nightmarish results. Selig, the unassuming small market owner, proved to be MLB's large market owners' perfect insidious inside man...and Selig has effectively been Dictator for Life of Baseball ever since.

Bud Selig changed the Commissioners mission statement from "acting in the best interests of baseball", to acting in the best interests of the people that pay him, a long time ago.

A century of Hall of Fame benchmarks are now a complete mockery, due to PED inflated stats over two decades of Selig's watch. Selig's "penalties" for PED offenders consist of pressuring the BBWAA to impose defacto, retroactive "justice" by excluding proven AND suspected PED users alike, from the Hall of Fame. Selig's suspensions for elitely paid PED users only costs players about what sales tax would be on the $100's of millions in contracts they earned with PED use. Selig's "oversight" has inflated payrolls to the point where not even large market teams with robust attendence can avoid threat of bankruptcy.

Now, Selig is forging his plan of reorganization of leagues, expansion of interleague play and restructured playoffs as tools toward a divisionless MLB, that will allow even more opportunities for over-payrolled yet underachieving large market teams to monopolize media dollars and post season play.

Bud Selig's legacy isn't that he orchestrated change to MLB, but that he presided over ireversable harm to baseball.  

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:49 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

First, Dont start the 1 game win or go home in 2012. Wait until the leagues are balanced at 15 teams each when the Astros move to the AL. Second, dont like the one game playoff. I like the wild card, I dont like the proposed format. I do like the premium it puts on winning your division but thats about all its good for. I would rather see 2 more expansion teams added creating 4 divisions in each league and you have to win your division. The other option is to balance the schedule and take the top 6 teams giving the teams with the best 2 records a bye in the first round. Dont re-create the wheel. NFL is pretty successful with their format. Baseball would be just as interesting if you balanced the schedule and the top 6 teams got in. If the top 6 teams got in in 2011, the playoffs would have included, New York, Texas, Detroit, Tampa, Boston and LA Angels. NL would have been Philly,Milwaukee, Arizona, St. Louis, Atlanta and San Francisco.  New York and Texas would have had a bye. Detroit would have played LA and Tampa V Boston. Philly and Milwaukee would have had byes and Arizona v San Francisco and St. Louis V Atlanta.

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:30 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

If Selig really wants to expand the playoffs, why not have have the same format as the NFL, 6 teams in each league, 2 teams with a bye. The 4 lower seeds of each division play a 3 game series, and the winners move on to the league championship series to face the 2 teams that had a bye.

Johnny Dickshot
Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:03 pm
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Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:21 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

This is wonderful news for the game of baseball.

Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:59 pm

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

I like the addition of the extra wild card team. I'm not in favor of a one game playoff. I'd like to see a three game series. A one game sudden death playoff leaves too much up to chance. One team may have to travel after a late night season finally. Maybe weather screws it up. I think three games give the teams a chance to make sure a team that barely ekes in wins a game on a fluke and then thins out the competitiveness by advancing.

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