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Selig: Baseball moving “inexorably” toward expanded playoffs

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the latest from The Associated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig expects the playoffs to expand from eight teams to 10 for the 2012 season.

Selig went public last fall with his support for expanded playoffs, and the matter is subject to collective bargaining with the players’ association.

“I would say we’re moving to expanding the playoffs, but there’s a myriad of details to work out,” Selig said Thursday at his annual meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. “Ten is a fair number.”

Selig said scheduling is the major issue of discussion, including how many games the new wild-card round will be. The two wild cards in each league would meet, and the winners would advance to the following round against division winners.

“The more we’ve talked about it, I think we’re moving inexorably to that,” he said.

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111 Responses to “Selig: Baseball moving “inexorably” toward expanded playoffs”

  1. RadioKev April 21st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Money.

  2. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    The last thing baseball needs to do is parrot the NFL, NBA and NHL by letting half of their teams into the playoffs.

  3. frankiedue April 21st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    The first thing I think of is how long is the bye for the divison winners? The pitchers and hitters will get rusty if it’s too long. Conversely, I suppose it’s nice to rest your players if they are injured or tired. You can also line up your rotation nicely.

  4. LGY April 21st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Interesting notes on pitchers in their 5th years and on year to year contracts. They’re estimating that Danks will get about $12.4 mil for one year next year. I would assume that Weaver will be maybe $13-$14 mil in arbitration. The White Sox, if they continue to flounder over the next 2-3 months, you have to think that Reinsdorff/Einhorn may not want to pay that and deal him.

    ——-

    No way Danks and Weaver’s salary will be doubled in arb2.

  5. tomingeorgia April 21st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I am inexorably against that proposal. Why play the season? I liked it better when two teams won their pennants, then played the World Series. Why reward mediocre teams with a payday, and put the WS back into November?

  6. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Of course, Torre was there to give them the inside scoop on the situation. Nothing like having a mole in there.

  7. Chase April 21st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I hate this.

    Why play 162 games if they don’t even matter?

  8. Irreverent Discourse April 21st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    The 162 game season does a VERY good job of determining who the best teams are.

    Letting more teams into the playoffs only waters down the product, allows for fluke victors and cheapens the value is winning over the course of 6 months.

  9. G. Love April 21st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Personally, I like the idea of the wild card winners playing in a mini-playoff to get further in the post season as the 4 seed.

    That kind of disadvantage should prevent errors like Girardi made last season playing safely for the wild card and pulling his foot off the gas when the team was rolling.

    Not to mention that the wild card’s pitching staff will be taxed by the time they get to the 1 seed in the next round. That’s a good disadvantage, but I’m sure upsets will happen.

  10. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    The simple solution of course would be to change to a 154 game schedule, and make the Wildcard round 2 of 3 and the division round 4 of 7, but that will never happen.

  11. LGY April 21st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    This is good because the team with the best record will finally have a real advantage in the first round.

    Also will make the playoff race more interesting in season.

  12. RadioKev April 21st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    The only reason, for any argument against it, is the reason it will pass, Money.

    What a god awful sell out. Ugh. A bye week will absolutely not work in the game of baseball. That is insanely stupid. Insanely. It’s just not how baseball works.

  13. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Why not? Arbitration salaries have been doubled and tripled. Lincecum among others

  14. Nick in SF April 21st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    All I’ve learned today is that ‘inexorably’ is on Selig’s Word-A-Day desk calendar.

  15. blake April 21st, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Only way it works is if the WC round is either 1 game or a 3 game series with no days off between…..otherwise it becomes a disadvantage for the teams with buys.

  16. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    It won’t pass unless the Union gets at least half and the owners give up something big on the next CBA

  17. robix April 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I’m really only behind this if it’s a one game playoff between the two wildcard teams.

  18. Irreverent Discourse April 21st, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Redsox option aceves back to minors

  19. blake April 21st, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    If the season ends on a Sunday…..start best of 3 WC round on Monday and the 2nd round on Thursday or at the latest Friday.

  20. austinmac April 21st, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    GB,

    I have long wanted Danks. He qualifies my desire for a top or near top level pitch. Plus, he is a local boy. His brother hit about a 420 foot home run off my son, but I still like the. :)

  21. G. Love April 21st, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    WC round should be a 1 game sudden death game where the wild card team with the better record gets the home game — that way winning the wild card means something and if it’s a sudden death game, the other teams won’t get rusty and have time to set up their pitching for the next series.

  22. LGY April 21st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Why not? Arbitration salaries have been doubled and tripled. Lincecum among others

    ——-

    Lincecum got a 5 million dollar raise this year.

  23. RayVT April 21st, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks GB!

    I just read that Kalish hurt his shoulder & was seen wearing a sling in PAWSox dugout.

  24. DaSaint007 April 21st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Nick in SF April 21st, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    All I’ve learned today is that ‘inexorably’ is on Selig’s Word-A-Day desk calendar.
    —————————————————

    ROFL!

  25. tomingeorgia April 21st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Then why play the regular season? Have every league team play every other team a three-game series, winner take all, round robin. Season could be over by May, world series in June.

  26. jeffc_76 April 21st, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I’d make the 2 WCs play a 1 game playoff. That “punishes” them with the disadvantage of having to survive an elimination game, and it avoids putting the division winners at any type of disadvantage by making them have to sit around and wait for a 3 or 5 game series to finish. As it stands right now, the WCs have very little disadvantage, which really isn’t fair to the div. winners.

    Of course, the combination of having wilcards at all and an unbalanced schedule is completely unfair. But that’s a different subject and MLB won’t correct it because having more rivalry games makes $. Same deal with the 2 subway series every year.

  27. DaSaint007 April 21st, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Irreverent Discourse April 21st, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    Redsox option aceves back to minors
    ——————————————–

    I wish him well regardless.

  28. JM April 21st, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Ugh. I hate the idea of more playoffs. And I don’t think the 162-game season is going anywhere. All teams like the revenue from 81 home games, even the ones that don’t make the playoffs.

  29. saucY April 21st, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 5:10 pm
    The last thing baseball needs to do is parrot the NFL, NBA and NHL by letting half of their teams into the playoffs.

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

    My thoughts exactly, old friend…

    8 isn’t enough
    10 is fair?
    harumph

  30. Rob_NY April 21st, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    G. love — I’m 100% with you on the 1 game wild card playoff with the better record at home. That way causes there to be a disincentive to just settle for the wild card spot. The one game scenario also keeps things fair for the division winners. Besides, one game playoffs are pretty exciting affairs IMO.

  31. blake April 21st, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    1 game sudden death is even better but I just don’t see them doing that.

  32. JM April 21st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Yeah, not enough $$$ involved in one-game sudden death

  33. RadioKev April 21st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    A one game sudden death playoff won’t happen. Somehow I highly doubt the purpose of this would be to make it even tougher on a wild card team.

  34. JoeyA April 21st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    The owners are undoubtedly going to approve this. 2 words: more money.

    There is a good and bad side to this.

    1. Do I believe the playoffs need to add one more team? Yes. 5 out of 15 is not “watering down” the playoffs by any means. I’m sure if you look back, most of the teams that would have gotten in if the proposed rule was in place weren’t bad teams. It’s surely better than 8 or 9 teams like NHL & NBA.

    2. BUT, the detriment is this may lead to further expansion, which WOULD be bad.

    I, for one, think it should stay the way it is, @ least until you fix the 2-4 teams in the financial crapper right now.

  35. upstate kate April 21st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Saint and saucY
    nice to see you back

    I am not crazy about this idea, unless, as some have suggested, it is a one game sudden death.

  36. Joe from Long Island April 21st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    It’s going to happen, for better or worse.

    I’m with Blake, 3 game set with no off days. The winner moves on, again with no off day to meet a division winner.

  37. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    “The 162 game season does a VERY good job of determining who the best teams are.”

    The problem is this as as strong if not stronger argument for letting LESS teams into the playoffs.

    Why not just have the two best records in each league play against each other in World Series.

    Or go back to 4 divisions and eliminate the WC completely?

    If we all agree that the WC is here to stay, the question is, does adding 2 extra teams and a WC card help or hinder the CURRENT system.

    I think you can strongly argue the former. Creates urgency to win your division and incentive to finish with the best record.

    Still only sends one non-division winner to the division round, same as before.

    A 3 game series would tax the WC cards, especially if they have to move immediately info the div series.

    The legitimate question is, as people have astutely raised, is how you have WC teams play a mini-series without in less than 5 days between end of the regular season and the start of each division series.

    Not sure there is an easy answer to that, aside from ending the regular season on a Thursday and having a Saturday WC double-header, which would never happen, but would be a wild, unique, sporting event.

  38. tomingeorgia April 21st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    5 out of 15, Joey said. Again, why play the regular season? Let the sabremetrics guys tell us who should be in the playoffs, then let them play for the championship. Why take all summer?

  39. blake April 21st, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Joe,

    That way gives an advantage to the division winners. The important point is that if the wild card round drags on too long it becomes a disadvantage to them….baseball is different than other sports…..time off isn’t always good.

    Also baseball doesn’t need expansion….it needs to move a couple of teams that are either in cities that don’t care about baseball enough to go to the games ….or are in markets that can’t support them.

  40. RayVT April 21st, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Maybe they can play a WC series best out of 5, with two doubleheaders! LOL!

  41. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 21st, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I’m against this 100% unless it’s a one game playoff between the Wild Card teams, which won’t happen. The playoffs already last two long into Fall/Winter. Adding more games will only make it worst and won’t increase fan interest. I say go back to the old days. Get rid of one of the divisions in each league. Have the two best teams play to go to the World Series and be done with it.

  42. tomingeorgia April 21st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Laura, bless your heart.

  43. RayVT April 21st, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    What baseball needs is some new owners like Mark Cuban or Jerry Jones or Dan Snyder who aren’t going to pinch a penny. This braintrust, or lack thereof, who is the commish of baseball now keeps putting his own cronies into the mix and all they are interested in is fleecing the league for a profit. The commish needs to be fired & replaced by a real one.

  44. blake April 21st, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Stuckey,

    As I said earlier (example) say the season ends on Sunday. WC teams start a 3 game set on Monday….play Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday if necessary and start the next round on either Thursday or Friday at the latest. The division winners would either have 3 or 4 days off before their series starts.

  45. RadioKev April 21st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    AND! With more cold weather baseball, Soriano’s value plummets.

  46. Wave Your Hat April 21st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    No problem, they’ll just start the season sooner and end later. The fans freezing in the seats will just have to lump it, the TV audience is all warm and comfy.

  47. BJK April 21st, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Aceves to AAA? He’s been their best pitcher not named Beckett.

    The rest of the AL says “thanks”, Theo.

  48. Betsy April 21st, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Blech………..more teams and more rounds.

  49. ET April 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    “Have the two best teams play to go to the World Series and be done with it.”

    But then you won’t have 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox, 2005 Astros, 2006 Tigers/Cardinals, 2007 Rockies, 2008 Rays/Phillies, 2010 Rangers/Giants.

  50. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    If they are expanding the playoffs and make it 5 games just give the top 3 teams a bye and make the two wild card teams face off against each other in a 3 or 5 game series.

  51. BJK April 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    2 Wild Cards per league benefits teams in competitive divisions.

    Like the AL East.

  52. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Ooops meant “..and make it 5 teams..”

  53. Betsy April 21st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I know this is late, but I wasn’t here when someone posted the link to Sherman’s blog. It was obvious that Phil showed up in camp out of shape – we got on Joba about that, didn’t we? That’s inexcusable – it was inexcusable when Damon and Abreu did it, when Joba did it and now when Phil did it. Sherman said it all……….

  54. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Man Phil Hughes, what a fatty

  55. tomingeorgia April 21st, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Patrick, all they have to do is beat the other teams in their divisions. Bingo, a championship! I hate the wild card.

  56. Yanks78 April 21st, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This will inevitable affect the Yankees as well.

    For example, last year, we finished 8 games ahead of Boston for the WC. Under this new scenario, we would have had to play them a best of 3 in the WC round to determine who gets to the playoffs. (Yes, we took the foot off the gas, but this is an example how teams could get screwed in this format.)

  57. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    blake,

    3 problems.

    1.) You don’t leave any room for 1 game play-offs in the event of ties for the last WC spot. I guess you could go with tie-breakers, but it seems incongruent with the system.

    2.) Travel. You could potentially have a WC qualifier play Sunday, fly across country to play Monday, play Tuesday, fly across country again to play Wednesday, and then fly across country again to play Thursday.

    I know you want to make it hard for WC teams, but that’s pretty extreme.

    3.) The biggest problem. The networks that carry the postseason doesn’t want to start all 4 division series on the same day (Thursday). Staggered starts allows them to maximize the prime time opportunities without 2 games going on at once.

  58. tomingeorgia April 21st, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Yanks78, we shouldn’t have settled for the wild card at all. Taking your foot off the gas shouldn’t get you to any series.

  59. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    And in 2010, Lincecum went from $650,000 to $9 mil in arbitration

  60. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Wild card owns sorry

  61. blake April 21st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Stuckey
    1) in that event you have to push things back a day. That really doesn’t happen all that often.
    2) Thems the breaks…..win the division
    3) I said you could start on Thursday or Friday…..do half and half.

    I don’t think there is a perfect answer….a one game playoff would be good but I don’t see that happening and they can’t let it drag on too long or the division winners become hampered by the layoff.

  62. RayVT April 21st, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I think the Yankees need to put a dome on YS.

  63. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The owners had better pony up something big, beyond the money because the union won’t approve it without major concessions.

  64. ericns1 April 21st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Welcome to November baseball all the time!

  65. Fran the original April 21st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    They already moved the start of the season to the end of March. With an additional round they’ll be into November.

  66. Betsy April 21st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I thought they were trying to avoid November baseball………not happening if this happens.

  67. DaSaint007 April 21st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks Kate. Nice to be back.

    Hey GB. Hope all is well Sarge.

  68. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    My opinion is that they should go back to 2 divisions per league and cut some games from the regular season. It’s never going to happen though :(

  69. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    “I know this is late, but I wasn’t here when someone posted the link to Sherman’s blog. It was obvious that Phil showed up in camp out of shape – we got on Joba about that, didn’t we? That’s inexcusable – it was inexcusable when Damon and Abreu did it, when Joba did it and now when Phil did it. Sherman said it all……….”

    Betsy, FYI, this is why you get grief over your focus on Hughes.

    As you say yourself, this was an old topic. It seems to observers like you just can’t leave this particular topic alone.

  70. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Betsy, FYI, this is why you get grief over your focus on Hughes.

    As you say yourself, this was an old topic. It seems to observers like you just can’t leave this particular topic alone.

    Yeah but, Phil Hughes.

  71. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Blake,

    You can’t push the postseason back a day. Networks program, plan for the dates well in advance.

    Has to be a set schedule.

  72. Betsy April 21st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Stuckey, EXCUSE ME – I wasn’t here at the time and I wanted to comment on it. That’s all I have to say to YOU. Have a nice day, why don’t you?

  73. Betsy April 21st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Excuse me, Patrick – I should have logged on from my office so that I could post in real time. It’s funny how Joba’s weight was a big deal, but this article got barely a mention. Whatever – you also have a nice day.

  74. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    the only way to avoid Novembers are to have split double headers on holidays (Father’s day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day), though having a couple of one admission DHs would give the fans something.

  75. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Excuse me, Patrick – I should have logged on from my office so that I could post in real time. It’s funny how Joba’s weight was a big deal, but this article got barely a mention. Whatever – you also have a nice day.

    I don’t know what to say other than Phil Hughes.

  76. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    DaSaint007 April 21st, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    Thanks Kate. Nice to be back.

    Hey GB. Hope all is well Sarge

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Hey, Simon. Hope all is well with you, Mrs. Saint and Little Simon. Work must be keeping you busy, huh? Good to see you back on.

  77. djsunyc April 21st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    i support it. i’m a true blue yankee fan but we are in a sport with no cap. tho a tremendously large payroll doesnt gurantee anything, it does give you a much better chance of making the postseason over the long haul. this gives more teams and their fanbases excitement and makes the season more interesting in september. with more teams in the hunt, there will be more buyers and i think this will result in more parity…

  78. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    “Stuckey, EXCUSE ME – I wasn’t here at the time and I wanted to comment on it.”

    Which of course, is my whole point.

    I’m having a great day as always, thanks and likewise.

  79. BoJo April 21st, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    G. Love April 21st, 2011 at 5:19 pm
    WC round should be a 1 game sudden death game where the wild card team with the better record gets the home game — that way winning the wild card means something and if it’s a sudden death game, the other teams won’t get rusty and have time to set up their pitching for the next series.
    -_________________
    I think I would prefer if they just gathered all the teams that din’t win a division and have a giant egg-tossing contest for the final slots. It would keepeveryone interested until the final days.

  80. Betsy April 21st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Well Stuckey, if you don’t like people posting, why on earth do you spend time here?

  81. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I’m somewhat semi-serious about the WC round double-header idea…

    Sell it to ESPN who can show all day wall-to-wall baseball.

    Day 1:

    AL Day-doubleheader Game 1

    NL afternoon Game 1

    AL Night-doubleheader Game 2

    Day 2:

    NL Day-doubleheader Game 2

    AL afternoon Game 3 (if nec.)

    NL Night-doubleheader Game 3 (in nec.)

    Would be utterly unique to baseball (the only sport that can do it).

  82. Yogi Mantle April 21st, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    The only changes I would make regarding playoffs would be making all the series best of 7 instead of the best of 5 for the first round. The other change would be allowing a second wildcard with a one game playoff between them.

    I also would go with a balanced schedule over the current system of having more division games. I would even consider doing away with divisions and going with best records period, though I don’t see the leagues going that way.

    Having more teams in the playoffs means it is more likely that a team that isn’t as good as the others will make it through just due to playing hot.

    I don’t think the best team won the College Hoops championship. I dont’ think the best teams were even in the finals this year. While it may be good for the reporters, it diminishes the overall championship.

  83. Giuseppe Franco April 21st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    People are just tired of talking about Phil Hughes.

  84. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Betsy, who said anything about what I like and don’t like? And I, as always, would absolutely defend your right to post how much and how often you like about Phil Hughes.

    I admit though, I would enjoy seeing you acknowledge (like a scratch that needs itching) your fixation on the topic of Phil Hughes. You’re seemingly inability to NOT talk about Phil Hughes, along with your unwillingness to acknowledge the fact I personally find interesting.

  85. LGY April 21st, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    And in 2010, Lincecum went from $650,000 to $9 mil in arbitration

    ——

    Obviously.

    That is arb1. Going from league minimum to arb the first time does not compare at all to arb 1 to 2 or 2 to 3.

  86. Betsy April 21st, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    GF, then fine – no one has to comment, but I’m not going to not comment on something I missed from earlier in the day because people are so damn uptight.

  87. Tom in N.J. April 21st, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I once tried to sell a grilled cheese that had Phil Hughes’s face on it on ebay.

  88. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    “I once tried to sell a grilled cheese that had Phil Hughes’s face on it on ebay.”

    I read about that.

    Didn’t Phil Hughes buy it and immediately eat it right before spring training?

  89. Patrick April 21st, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    people are so damn uptight.

    Dunno seems like you’re the only one that gets upset about this subject.

  90. BIG AL April 21st, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Why not have just the AL and NL. Each team in each league plays a balanced schedule, with no inter-league play.

    At the end of the season you take the top 4 teams in each league and those are your playoff teams.

    This will eliminate teams bearly over .500 getting into the playoffs simply because they won their division, while teams with much better records are eliminated.

    #1 plays #4, #2 plays #3 in a 7 game playoff, and the 2 winners play for the chance to go to the WS.

    MLB is getting too greedy, by adding more teams, thus cheapening the WS Championship.

  91. RayVT April 21st, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Perhaps Betsy is Phil Hughes’ ex-girlfriend? Just a thought!

  92. 108 stitches April 21st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    MLB should revert back to a 154-game regular season schedule. Start the season a few days later and end the season a few days sooner.
    It’s a good thing Selig’s term as Commissioner ends after 2012. If he had his way the last game of the World Series would be played on Thanksgiving Day.

  93. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    “Why not have just the AL and NL. Each team in each league plays a balanced schedule, with no inter-league play.”

    You answered your own question Al.

  94. Giuseppe Franco April 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Betsy,

    You were wondering why some blog entry was barely mentioned here and I told you why. People are simply sick of talking about him everyday.

    I don’t know why that surprises you.

  95. stuckey99 April 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    That said…

    “MLB is getting too greedy,”

    MLB is a commercial enterprise, not a public trust.

    It’s sole purpose of existence is capitalism – to make money.

    If baseball could make more money having less playoff teams, it would.

    But if not, it won’t.

  96. LGY April 21st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    GB

    Where are you getting these figures from? Who is estimating Danks is getting 12-13 million next year?

  97. CompassRosy April 21st, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    “Why not just have the two best records in each league play against each other in World Series.”

    =============

    Now there’s an idea I could have gotten behind in 2001 ;-)

  98. BBFan April 21st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Can we just move on from the Hughes non-sense to something enjoyable topic :)

  99. Tom in N.J. April 21st, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    LGY-MLBTR had a post up about Danks’s ’12 salery:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-2012.html

  100. LGY April 21st, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Tom

    Thanks

  101. The Other Phil April 21st, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    but but but Phil Hughes!

  102. BBFan April 21st, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I thought the previous blog entry from Chad was very ineteresting and timely.
    The other day Mo had an off night and blew the save, which happens even to the greatest players once in a while.
    But, the way Girardi was crucified on this blog even by the knowledgeable folks extrapolating how many games he will pitch this year was unbelievable.
    No doubt, Girardi is not perfect, he is strongly set in his beliefs, but burning out relievers is not something he does.

  103. Tom in N.J. April 21st, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    salary…

  104. Purenyyankee April 21st, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Gee, what a shock. More games equals more money for baseball. Maybe the World Series will be over by Thanksgiving. This is a joke.

  105. Tom in N.J. April 21st, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Is that Candian LHP the Yanks drafted last year, Evan Rutckyj, playing anywhere yet?

  106. BIG AL April 21st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “Why not just have the two best records in each league play against each other in World Series.”

    **************************************************

    Can’t happen unless they play a balanced schedule, and won’t happen because MLB will soon have every team in each division, except perhaps the last place team, making the playoffs.

    I can see it now, #10 vs #1 etc.

    Selig, just get more money from TV and the sponsors, and keep quality in the game, rather than quantity.

  107. Barry April 21st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Playoff expansion should go together with with MLB expanding to 32 teams. Four eight team leagues. NL East and West; AL East and West. Let the playoff teams evolve from that concept. Eight team leagues were a perfect fit, especially when divided by east west geographical designations.

  108. jacksquat April 21st, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Great, now the *5th* best team in each league has a chance to be hot/lucky at the right time and get to the world series. It *does* water down the playoffs, and makes the regular season less significant.

  109. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Monyero has a sac fly in his 1st bat. Romine is 1-2 with a 3 run double

  110. Abe Peterham April 21st, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Have a fan vote. But it is all about the money which is reality.
    Attendance goes up every year which they correlate to love of interleague and WC.
    When in reality I bet attendance would be the same w/ a ” more pure” game …
    4 divisions, no WC, no interleague, contraction!

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