Interesting story here about Bud Selig saying he will attempt to reduce the number of off-days during next year’s postseason – an issue that players, coaches, managers (particularly Mike Scioscia) and fans all seemed to agree got a little out of control during this past month.
“We’re going to change it,” Selig said. “I don’t disagree with Mike Scioscia. I think he was right, so we’re going to try and tighten that up.”
By my count, the Yankees played 15 games in 36 days during the postseason. I understand that TV is a factor in anything, but that’s just ridiculous. The postseason in any sport should at least somewhat resemble the regular season that precedes it, and playing baseball every other day for a month just doesn’t do that.
“When you plan the playoff schedule, you don’t know how many games the first round would go. So it’s difficult,” Selig said. “There were clubs that sat around. Some were necessary, but some were not.”
Selig also mentions instant replay (nothing new) and that he’s interested in reworking the draft (he wants a slotting system to regulate signing bonuses).