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Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:18 pm

The new slightly expanded playoff system was always going to pass. There never was a doubt. And there is an easy way to explain why that is: what Bud wants, Bud gets.

But there is another good reason in this case. It makes sense.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wanted to add two more teams to the playoff mix, two play-in teams, actually, that will vie to become the wild-card team in a one-game playoff. Selig's support all but guaranteed it would happen eventually.

Though even with Bud's backing, the other thing you know is that these things always go right down to the deadline. Tomorrow is the official deadline to change the playoff format, though this is in reality a soft deadline, meaning it may take another day or two past the deadline to finalize things. But it will pass in time to make it happen for the 2012 baseball season.

Another reason it will pass is that there is no real opposition to the concept. The only reason it's taken right up until the deadline is that there are complicated scheduling and TV issues to be worked out. MLB needs to satisfy its TV partners as well as the players, who are the ones who will be performing in these extra games.

The new rule will put a greater premium on the regular season. Now it will be a bigger advantage to win the division as opposed because it means avoiding the winner-take-all play-in game.

Adding the ninth and 10th teams to the postseason mix opens things up a bit, too -- though not too much. Baseball -- and Bud -- are striking exactly the right note here.
Category: MLB
Tags: Bud Selig

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:44 am

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

Yeah, richy... I read your deleted "comments".  I even rated it a 5 star.   I don't recall any foulness.  Oh well, maybe somebody hit the wrong button?!

When I was a little kid, my older brother and acoupla other youngins played APBA Baseball -- a lot!  It was (still is) a table-top Baseball game with new cards issued each Spring for each player that, if used properly, pretty much depicted the guy's stats for that season.  Then, with just a roll of the dice, a glance at the corepsonding number on the batter's card, another look at the pitcher's overall grade and his K / BB ratings and a reading of the playboards ( Ha!), the on-field play was determined.

We couldn't get enough of it.

We had two 8 team leagues.
Each of us managed 4 teams.
Each team had a 25 man roster.
One league was made-up of "guys we liked" or just wanted to see play.
The other league was 8 "real" teams (usually the Phillies, Orioles, Yankees, Giants, Red Sox & 3 player was in both leagues.

We were playing fairly straight-up.  But...Hey!  We were kids.
We did a whole bunch of pretty cheesy things though, like:
Four All-Star Games per season.    Banners.  Bunting.  Bands.  Fun!
We often pitched our aces on 2 day's rest.
"Skippers" overplayed utility guys who had powerful cards though they only had seen MLB action in 20-30 games...& then usually as pinch runners.
Great closers were brought to the mound in the 6th (or 5th) inning & picked-up quite a few Ws.
...all sorts of stupid things that Bud would love.

But we never would have even considered ... even in the pre-season, a pre-planned, post season one game playoff!

No way!


Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:07 am

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

Well said hudsonhawk27.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:26 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

 Hey moderator... whats with the deleted post? There was no foul language. I said that this playoff expansion is a joke, and what they really need to do is enforce a salary cap so large markets dont have a major advantage. Is Bud Selig moderating the CBS boards now> Wow.

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:26 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

I like the idea of two additional teams making the playoffs.  It keeps more teams in the race later into the season (better for the fans).  I do not like the idea of a one game playoff.  I think it leaves too much to chance.  A three game playoff would be better.  Let the two wildcard teams prove who is better.  Scheduling is an issue, but there are ways of dealing with it (Earlier start, a couple double headers).

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:38 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

"puts a premium on the regular season"....

What a crock.  It does the very opposite. After battling for 162 games, and beating out another team, the best WC team will still have to roll the dice on a one-game playoff, basically rendering the regular season results void. Why not just have all 30 teams involved in a series of one-game playoffs!  I'll bet Selig would love that. And Mr. Braindead Heyman.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:57 am

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

What a bunch of conspiracy theorists. This gives a smaller market squad a better chance of advancing to the playoff rounds. Conceivably, the Yanks or the Sox could get knocked out in a one game playoff. You could actually end up with two West or Central teams in lieu of two East teams.

What happens if team A is ten games better than team B? Does that emphasize the regular season? I need more information.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:11 am

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

"Do you really believe all of MLB is conspiring to having the Yankees win?"  No not win,and not the teams ,the networks.  They are increasing the chance that the Yankees and Red Sox get in and that is what this is all about. When those two are out the RATINGS go down. Pure and simple ,follow the money and follow the history and see who benefits by this say 10 years down the road. We already know it would have helped the Sox last year. Somebody who has time should go back and see who would have gotten in since the wild card era began.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:06 am

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

I agree with SoxCeltsPatsBs except for the last paragraph.  This solution is more likely to hurt the Yanks or Red Sox, as the East division runner-up is likely to be the #1 wild card than the #2.  Although possibly the second best overall team in the AL, they may be eliminated in a one game series.  A better solution and more playoff TV money would come from just extending the first round from best of five to best of seven.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:47 am

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

I with the crowd here. In every sport more playoff teams just cheapens the product. Excitement during champtionships is at its highest when the elite teams are meeting. Putting more of the marginal teams into play at the end of the seans just creates the opportunity for luck and flukes to put dead weight into the World Series, or the Final Four (which has beenn miserable a couple of times recently), the Super Bowl (I know the Giants were Div Champs, but 9-7 in he Super Bowl??? Nauseating), and anywhere else. College Football has at least during the BCS era put two elite teams together, arguments aside about if they there the right elite teams each year. Even jus the "Plus One" is occasionally going to let an undeserving team into the fold.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:44 am

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

Selig is a clown.  All this does is ensure the Yankees have a better shot at winning it all by avoiding the other team's ace twice in a short series.   Very very transparent and horrendous.
The above statement is pathetic. Do you really believe all of MLB is conspiring to having the Yankees win? I am not surprised seeing the Logo you have up...but according to your logic it applies equally to the Red Sox. They spend as much or very very close to it as the Yankees so how would they not receive the same advantage? Who won the WS the last two years? Not the Yankees..attendance up across all of baseball. This is all about money...plain and simple...keeps more teams in it longer and an extra revenue game for tv and the home team. I do agree a best 3 out of 5 would make it more equal...but you are assuming that Felix will be availabel for the one game playoff...what if he has to pitch to put Seattle in the spot for the one game playoff? Or CC has to pitch to get the yankees there? It adds dramatics and a quick instant fix...soemthign our society is now programmed for...I am surprised we still ahve 7 game series.... 

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