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Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 2:50 pm
 
Mark TeixeiraBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Mark Teixeira nearly gave us a preview of the new playoff format, but the Yankee first baseman is happy with the way the system works now.

Teixeira hit two homers, including a grand slam, to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead against the Rays on Wednesday, and had his team been able to keep that lead, we would have had a play-in game for the American League wild card.

Starting as soon as next season (but more likely in 2013), we'll have that anyway, as Bud Selig has championed an extra wild card team and a one-game playoff between the two wild card teams. Count Teixeira against it -- pointing to Wednesday night's excitement as exhibit A.

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"Last night proves that over 162 games, you still have (games that matter)," Teixeira told Brendan Prunty of the Star-Ledger. "You still had 4-5 games that meant a lot to each of those teams. The baseball fan gets to turn on the TV and watch that at once. It's pretty cool."

Teixeira joked that if MLB needed more excitement, "we can just have home run derbies in extra innings. Starting pitchers can go out and box for a couple of innings."

Of course, in the end, he hit the nail on the head -- "I guess if we can get one extra game on TV and make a couple of extra bucks -- I guess that's what it's all about." 

That said, plenty of people said the same thing when Selig introduced the wild cards -- and that's worked out pretty well.

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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:17 am
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

Nukeembaby is correct, the season lasts almost until the end of October as it is.  The system is fine, one wild-card team is enough for each league. 



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:07 am
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

I FINALLY HAVE GOTTEN USED TO THIS WILD CARD THING AND BECAUSE OF MONEY U WANT TO EXPAND. PLEASE I BEG OF YOU=DON;T DO IT-PLEASE!!!!! PLEASE.



Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 1:52 am
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

Possibly except for those Twins-Braves World Series games many years ago, the best baseball I've ever seen was last night.  If playoffs had been expanded, nothing exciting would've occurred.  Expanding the playoffs would make the regular season worthless for the best teams.  Nobody wants MLB to end up like regular season NHL or NBA games.  It's a horrid idea to expand, and Tex has it totally right.



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:51 am
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

An extra game would mean an extra steroid cycle for Teixeira.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:33 am
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

didn't this p()ssy also complain that games can go on too long sometimes?  As if standing around for 3-4 hours takes a HUGE toll on one's body (it doesn't).  Let's swtich for one day mark. you can take my spot on the local rugby team and I'll do you warmups for you for one day (and get paid $25,000 or whatever it is you make in an hour and a half) .  You'll be begging to go back to baseball (and not just for the money) after one practice you big P()SSY!!



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

The lazy bastard.  IT figures.  What does turderia like anyway, no playoffs?  Does this idiot realize that TV and the fans py his huge salary?  Moron!



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

No way! Next thing you know the World Series will be held on Thanksgiving.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

I have always been a strong proponent of having a wild card assigned for each division. More games means more excitement. More excitement means more fans. More fans means more money. More money means more greed....oh wait....nevermind!



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

He's also not a fan of the Angels, Braves, Rangers, and his hometown Orioles....however he is a fan of Washington, Lincoln, Franklin, Jefferson and Hamilton.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

me too teixeira!


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