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No surprises from Selig in post-meetings address

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The GM and Owners Meetings are wrapping up, and Bud Selig is now addressing the media. As expected, he just announced that the Astros move to the American League has been approved, and the league has agreed to add a wild card team to each league.

The Astros move to the AL West won’t happen until 2013, but Selig said it’s possible the two extra playoff teams could begin in 2012. Sounds like it’s going to be a one-game playoff. Selig said he was surprised at how many people preferred that one-game play-in idea.

When the Astros move — creating two 15-team leagues — there will be interleague play every day.

No concerns about a collective bargaining agreement, which seems all but finished at this point.

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88 Responses to “No surprises from Selig in post-meetings address”

  1. Irreverent Discourse November 17th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Great, watering down the playoffs. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  2. dogface November 17th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Agree. Not a fan of the extra Wild Card.

    Guess one upside is that it puts a little more premium on winning the division.

  3. blake November 17th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    How much would 2 games really water it down? It wont be perfect but personally I like it better than the current system…….it’ll make winning the division mean something again.

  4. Irreverent Discourse November 17th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I just don’t understand moving Houston. Now Texas has 2 AL teams 1000+ miles away from the next closest competitor… playing in the same division as opposed to every other city that mixes AL.

  5. blake November 17th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Basically im for anything that will make life tougher for the WC teams and that will help give the better clubs an advantage. I don’t like the current system much at all.

  6. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    pcaldera Selig doesn’t see DH rule being altered now that interleague play will be year-round beginning in 2013. “I think it’s fine.”

  7. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of the extra wild card either

  8. Irreverent Discourse November 17th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    blake – it won’t water down the actual “play” in the playoffs, but I don’t see why the 6th best team in the AL needed a chance to win the world series. They play 162 games, that does a fantastic job of sorting out who is good and who is not.

    I would much rather 2 leagues 2 divisions top 2 from each division make the playoffs or 2 leagues 2 divisions top 4 overall teams in each league regardless of division… Simple, elegant… but Bud is not interested in competitive balance, he is only interested in making sure his large market teams NEVER miss the playoffs.

  9. Irreverent Discourse November 17th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    5th best, good morning brain cells.

  10. blake November 17th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    “November 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm blake, he will be “doing it” at Trenton.”

    Well I certainly hope so……but unfortunately there are no guarantees in baseball prospectland. Again I don’t want to trade him at all…..just wouldn’t say never if something special came along.

  11. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Mega “boo” to the added wild cards. I am depressed. :(

  12. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Re-posts:
    yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    LGY, I will take that as a compliment. By getting Javy, we basically kissed Joba’s life as an SP good bye, not to mention who we gave up. Viz was not a must have; Cash blew it.

    yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    Pruf, I agree about Heathcott. He is elite, but the K’s and the general overaggressiveness on both sides of the ball trouble me, as well as the chronic shoulder problems.

  13. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    blake, Yeah but Mason is special. There are also no guarantees in dealing for an elite major leaguer. See Cliff Lee. ;)

  14. blake November 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    “blake – it won’t water down the actual “play” in the playoffs, but I don’t see why the 6th best team in the AL needed a chance to win the world series.”

    Because it keeps more fanbases interested longer…..and deeper into the season…..which equals more money for MLB……which I don’t have a problem with. Its just the way modern sports are……

  15. JK November 17th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    18 games against AL east teams = 72 games
    6 games against AL central & west teams = 60 games
    3 games against NL east teams = 15 games
    3 games against yearly alternating NL west & central = 15 games

    Every one in division plays the same schedule…… :)

  16. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    This past September was a once in a lifetime event. MLB can’t count on that type of drama in the future.

    At the end of the day MLB is just a form of entertainment.

    Making the division races matter again and having an exciting one game playoff will make April-November more entertaining.

  17. blake November 17th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    “There are also no guarantees in dealing for an elite major leaguer. See Cliff Lee.”

    Oh id need an extension window and to feel goos about getting it.

  18. tom tresh 15 November 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Not a fan of interleague play

  19. upstate kate November 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I hope this also means an end to the unbalanced schedule. Otherwise, the AL west just got a lot weaker.

  20. Villa Nova-Ya November 17th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Oh, that’s ridiculous, about the DH being fine. It’s not fine if interleague is going be season-long instead of for a few weeks mid-season.

    It’s just that both leagues are stubborn and no one wants to change. It is worse for the AL. Well, I guess there will be batting drills now for pitchers in spring training – more so than the usual?

  21. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    My only prospective “untouchables” right now: Montero, Banuelos, Betances, Gary Sanchez, and Mason. Although I might consider letting one go if the deal was for someone young and ridiculously talented. Keep in mind too, all the above are at prime positions: SP, C, CF.

  22. Villa Nova-Ya November 17th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I guess it also means that AL teams are going to go less and less with pure DHs, like Ortiz, for instance, because they’d lose the bat too many times during the season.

    Should be interesting though. I guess. Maybe. I’m a little lukewarm, can you tell?

  23. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    DKnobler Selig says designated hitter rules will almost certainly stay same, says would need “catalytic event” to change it

  24. upstate kate November 17th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    well at least you wont be losing your DH for an extended period of time, as happens currently w/ inter league.

  25. tom tresh 15 November 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya November 17th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Oh, that’s ridiculous, about the DH being fine. It’s not fine if interleague is going be season-long instead of for a few weeks mid-season.

    It’s just that both leagues are stubborn and no one wants to change. It is worse for the AL. Well, I guess there will be batting drills now for pitchers in spring training – more so than the usual?
    **************************************************************************

    Might as well forget getting rid of the DH. The Players union would never go for it

  26. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    @GordonEdes: Ben Cherington, before leaving for Dominican, states obvious: “If [Sveum] accepts the job with Cubs, we would be [out]”

    Sharp guy that Cherington

  27. blake November 17th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    When the Yankees get to line up Sabathia against the WC teams #2 or 3 starter in game 1 of the ALDS then I think Yankee fans will like it better.

  28. JK November 17th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I’m not a fan of inter-league play but the schedule got so insane that i’m willing to have more of it just to get everyone in the division playing the same schedule. lol with the extra wild card the Yankees might not miss the playoffs again for 2 decades.

  29. Villa Nova-Ya November 17th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Another CMW incident? Is that what they’re waiting for?

    Actually, I’d be okay with either all DH or no DH. At some point it seems it should make sense, if they’re going with interleague every day, that the leagues adopt the same rules.

    I am unclear, though. Will there be more interleague games, or simply the same number, but spread throughout the season? It occurred to me that I could be overreacting. ;)

  30. Villa Nova-Ya November 17th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    blake -

    As long as the weather cooperates….

  31. Villa Nova-Ya November 17th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    tom tresh 15 -

    Very likely.

    Oh well…

  32. Mike Ri November 17th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Girardi on the WFAN

  33. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    YankeesWFAN Joe Girardi on WFAN 660am and WFAN.com and YES Network right now with Mike Francesa.

  34. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    DKnobler Red Sox plan to “take a breather” before continuing mgr search. Could be 1 more candidate

  35. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Girardi saying anything of note?

  36. Mike Ri November 17th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Yankeefeminista-

    Disappointed about the Yanks early exited , didn’t watch the world series , Believes that Dave Robertson has the stuff to close , Stays in contact with Cashman on a daily basis ,

  37. DONNYBROOK November 17th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I like the extra Wild Card being added as it creates an extra hoop for a WC team to jump thru in order to play a Division Winner. I would make it a 2 outta 3 though. So what if the Division Winners have to wait a few days? I agree with the NL needing to add the DH with the expanded interleague play. No way the Players Union is gonna allow the DH to vanish, so the NL is gonna have to bite-the-bullet at some point in time. Besides, NL Baseball is extremely boring.

  38. pat November 17th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Girardi on until 2 and Francesa’s gonna open up the phones for fans to speak with Joe the last segment. Now’s your chance to share your thoughts with him!

  39. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    BloggingBombers For people wondering why the 2 Texas teams would be in same division, aren’t there 2 California teams in the AL West and 3 in the NL West?

    People are actually wondering about that??

  40. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    “I think [Burnett] is in the transition of going from a thrower to a pitcher”

    Quite a long transition :(

  41. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    LGY, better late than never.

    Mike Ri, thanks!

  42. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    “One thing I didn’t notice about [Montero] in ST that I saw when he came up was his bat speed. He has incredible bat speed…I think he has to catch some. I think it’s really important he catches some next season”

  43. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Sounds like Girardi plans to rotate guys through DH and use those days to catch Montero.

  44. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    LGY, RE: Montero catching. I will believe it when I see it. But got to keep that bat speed in there somehow, like when Alex needs a DH day. ;)

  45. blake November 17th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    “Sounds like Girardi plans to rotate guys through DH and use those days to catch Montero”

    Sounds good to me.

    Aj is in the process of transitioning from thrower to slower thrower.

  46. Mike Ri November 17th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    a little more yankeefeminista –

    CC weight is not an issue . . .Jeters’ second half success is due in part to getting the 3000th hit over with, AJ is what he is … Montero is a beast and HAS to catch some. DH will have to rotate. Arod was banged up during the playoffs. . .not injured. ……. Likes Romine alot … Nunez is a talented kid .. will play some outfield next season. . . Joes impressed with Neosi . Mariano is the Man. ……. Granderson a quiet BEAST…. Should be MVP ! according to Joe

  47. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Very boring interview.

    On Tex and Swish struggling in the postseason he basically danced around the question a couple times and said the best way to fix it is to just keep making the playoffs and getting them more opportunities.

  48. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Granderson is a quiet beast? Love that. ;)

  49. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Mike Ri, keep it coming, much appreciated. “Quiet BEAST” is your paraphrase, not Joe’s words, I take it. :D

  50. Mike Ri November 17th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Mike Ri, keep it coming, much appreciated. ?Quiet BEAST? is your paraphrase, not Joe?s words, I take it.

    lol . .Joe can take half the credit .. . he mentioned Granderson was quiet.. . i threw in the Beast part . . .lol lol . .

  51. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Mike Ri, like the editing. ;)

  52. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Any comments on fat camp and Hughes? ;)

    D’uh about DRob and closing. Got to love those 17th rounders. Kid has been a stud closer going back to his sweet home Alabama days.

  53. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    “I think Martin is a much better hitter than what his numbers were this year”

  54. champ809 November 17th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Had Joe realized how important that Jesus caught some down the stretch in Sept. instead of Romine he may have realized that he could have got some of that “amazing bat speed” some gametime during that Detroit series and maybe just maybe rather than ignoring the WS because of the pain he would have had a chance to mismanage in it instead.

  55. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    LGY, right, Martin is Thurman Munson reincarnated.

  56. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    “I think we can see Betances and Banuelos next year…Can’t tell you which one will help first, but I hope they both help us next year”

  57. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    FWIW, John Sickels’ Rays’ top 20: http://www.minorleagueball.com.....#storyjump

  58. blake November 17th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My hope is that Montero takes Martin’s job by August.

    Need to let Manny throw 175 innings at AAA this year.

  59. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    “Gardy is 95% of the time green-lighted…Sometimes we tell him to go on a certain pitch. Other times we tell him to pick his pitch…Teams are paying a lot more attention to Gardy now…We don’t want him running into outs…Pitchers are getting better going to the plate/holding runners…There were times I told Gardy to go on a certain pitch and I noticed he wasn’t getting good jumps and getting thrown out.”

  60. blake November 17th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    “Had Joe realized how important that Jesus caught some down the stretch in Sept”

    No way…..he may have messed up and cost them a game. Laffey costing them games is ok though.

  61. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    “One guy people never talks about is Cervelli. His second half was TREMENDOUS!”

  62. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Girardi thinks Cervelli can be an everyday catcher.

  63. Mike Ri November 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Q n A section –

    Why is Mo’s Cutter so effective. — late movement is too much for hitters

    Are you concerned with Arods power — Power struggles came after Arods knee injury …….. couldn’t generate power from the ground up

    Did the rainouts hurt the yanks in the playoffs. ? — no excuses . .it effected both clubs.

    Russell Martin.. — Joes Impressed with Russells defense .. he’ll only get better offensively.

    Jeter in the eighth hole – Depending on how Jeter plays . .he’ll still be batting leadoff. . Jetes has alot of pride.

    The Killer B’s — “I think its possible to see them up next season ” . .both are very talented.

    On Posada sitting down… —– Joe said he talked to him first about it .

    Why Gardner doesn’t steal as much — Gardy is 95 percent of the time green lighted… Teams are keeping a closer eye on Gardy.. and pitchers are throwing over more … Joe wants Gardy to GOOOOO……

    Bringing back Posada – can’t do it . . gotta rotate the DH. gotta give some guys like Arod . Robbie , Tex and Jetes a day off . not going to happen

    Swisher – Pleased with Swish . .puts up nice numbers .. .will play RF for the Yanks

    Joe is comfortable with the team . . .will like to see a little more pitching ( wouldn’t we all ) … likes Cisco the Kid.

    thats it . ….

  64. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    That’s nice, but not “TREMENDOUS” enough to block Montero’s “TREMENDOUS” bat speed.

  65. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks, Mike and LGY.

  66. LGY November 17th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Girardi brought up Cervelli out of the blue as the segment was about to end. I can’t remember the last time he sounded that excited.

    Really weird.

  67. MoRings42 November 17th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I wish they would quit tweaking the freaking game. I’d rather see a team contraction than more interleague to balance the schedule.

  68. Mike Ri November 17th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Girardi brought up Cervelli out of the blue as the segment was about to end. I can?t remember the last time he sounded that excited.

    Really weird.

    ———————–

    yeah that was a little wierd ! . .. .

  69. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    LGY November 17th, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    Girardi brought up Cervelli out of the blue as the segment was about to end. I can’t remember the last time he sounded that excited.

    Really weird.
    _____
    Appreciates the hard worker/manic enthusiasm Of Frankie? Sees himself in Cervelli? :???: Talented players don’t work as hard, especially ones who have power. :roll:

  70. upstate kate November 17th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    thanks Mike

  71. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Team depth is going to be big with the added WC’s. The prospect of burning out your regulars to win the division concerns me. Players Union should petition for an expanded roster. Any talk of that?

  72. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Kershaw wins Cy Young. How do I know? Steiner sports just sent me an email pushing Kershaw merch.

  73. mick November 17th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Appreciates the hard worker/manic enthusiasm Of Frankie? Sees himself in Cervelli? :???: Talented players don’t work as hard, especially ones who have power.
    =======================
    maybe he’s trying to upgrade trade value.

  74. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Girardi brought up Cervelli out of the blue as the segment was about to end. I can?t remember the last time he sounded that excited.

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

    Who doesn’t get excited around Cervelli? Who, I ask you?? ;)

  75. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    mick, thought about that too, but Joe is never political, is he? :D Thought too that Joe may be thinking Cervy is on his way out and wanted to compliment him. But nah, plain and simple, Joe just likes Cervy’s catching.

    IPK finished 4th in voting. Congrats to Kershaw and IPK on his sesason! http://bbwaa.com/

  76. blake November 17th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Wonder who Cervelli reminds them of? Has anyone heard any Cervellisms?

  77. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Erin, didn’t C. tell Cervy to take it down a notch? Or was it Pettitte who was annoyed at Cervy’s lack of stillness behind the plate?

    You gotta love Cervy’s enthusiasm though…

  78. upstate kate November 17th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I really don’t think Girardi sees himself in Cervelli.

  79. Mike Ri November 17th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Maybe Girardi is trying to pump up Cervelli’s trade value !! . .

    - just a thought

  80. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    yankeefem-I’ve read a couple of times that Pettitte was less than thrilled with Cervelli behind the plate. But it wouldn’t surprise if his BFF CC said something to him. ;)

  81. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    blake November 17th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    Wonder who Cervelli reminds them of? Has anyone heard any Cervellisms?

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

    That’s Cervelli!

  82. yankeefeminista November 17th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Erin, Cervelli may be a little too uptempo for CC’s R&B vibe. ;)

  83. austinmac November 17th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks everyone for the interview updates.

    Girardi loves Martin, Montero, Romine and Cervelli. It is going to be crowded back there.

  84. Erin November 17th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    New Post: Kennedy finishes fourth in NL Cy Young

    :arrow:

  85. mick November 17th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    guess bumgarner was worthy of a last place vote, even at 13-13…his whip was 1.2

  86. upstate kate November 17th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I love all those guys too :) But I am thinking it will be mostly Martin and the rest Montero.

  87. mick November 17th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    let cervelli start.
    at aaa.

  88. mick November 17th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Girardi brought up Cervelli out of the blue as the segment was about to end. I can’t remember the last time he sounded that excited.
    ========================
    Why not? How can it hurt to speak well of your players?

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