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Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 1:12 am
 
Bud SeligBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Bud Selig said Thursday playoff expansion could still happen as soon as 2012, and also that he is worried about the attendance in Tampa Bay, as MLB's commissioner spoke to Christopher Russo on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio.

"I have, if we can work all the details out, as it's part of the labor negotiations, I have hope that the wild card thing -- if we can work it out -- is ready for next year," Selig said.

When asked if he was optimistic that it could be agreed upon in time to be implemented for 2012, Selig said he was "optimistic" and that the deal would have to be done by Thanksgiving.

As for the Rays, Selig was less optimistic. He was asked about owner Stu Sterberg's postseason letter to season ticket holders saying he was worried about the team's attendance.

"I like (owner) Stu Sternberg a lot, as you know. I have a great deal of respect for him. He's a very thoughtful, very interesting guy, done a great job there, done a brilliant job there," Selig said (via the St. Petersburg Times). "I, too, am concerned about their attendance. I track attendance every day. He knows it. I've talked to him a lot. They are a wonderful organization, produced a terrific team this year and finished last in the American League in attendance. I'll let you draw your own conclusion. That's bad."

Selig was asked if the stadium situation in Tampa Bay was a "lost cause."

"I can't answer that yet, but I'm usually an optimist and I don't have any reason to be too optimistic," Selig said. 

Orlando's mayor spoke to the city's ABC affiliate, WFTV, and was asked if he would be receptive to the Rays relocating to Orlando.

"I'd certainly answer, and I'd want to explore that opportunity," Buddy Dyer said (via the Tampa Tribune).

He also said, "I think Major League Baseball could do better in Orlando." But Dyer said he'd really like an NFL team (good luck). 

However, Dyer said he wouldn't negotiate with the Rays unless negotiations in the Tampa Bay area failed and a spokesperson told the Tribune that Orlando has made no effort to lure the Rays.

Selig also said instant replay could be expanded to include fair and foul balls, but not other plays. He also said he may have to decide what kind of compensation the Red Sox get from the Cubs for Theo Epstein.

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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:47 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Before Selig the World Series had higher ratings, and it was epic.  Don't fix what isn't broke.  He has done irreparable damage to baseball, it is no longer as momentous as it used to be.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Before Selig came into power, it was never just the big market teams who bought teams and had team salaries which rocketed the small market teams.  Teams like Pittsburgh, KC, and even TB (despite their winning ways) have become farm systems for the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies under his watch.  Now, with the two wild cards, the Yankees and Red Sox will be guaranteed to make the playoffs every year.  Although it won't happen, baseball NEEDS a salary cap like the NFL or cap like the NHL where all teams can be competitive, regardless of market.  In football, there are different teams who are competitive each year.  I like interleague, but to have it everyday is not the greatest idea.  Instead of having all the games over a few weeks, maybe they should have six different weekends (since the teams play 18 interleague games) to chunk the games in rather than in June when most people are not really into baseball with the NBA and NHL playoffs still going on.  If this plan happens, the Astros are going to the AL.  Maybe the fresh start is what the team needs, and they will already have the in-state rival with the Rangers.  That will also expand that division anyway.  They should also balance the schedule more.  For example, the Yankees played the Twins in two series (6 games) and the Mets (6 games) last year.  Teams should play other teams in their own league more than those in the other league.  The problem with Tampa is not the lack of a fanbase, but that no one wants to go to that dome to see baseball.  It is not even located in Tampa, but in a suburb.  That would be just like having the Mets or Yankees playing baseball in an area near the Nassau Coliseum.  Selig did not care about the juice heads in 1998 because it brought money back to the game (even though they were cheating) and he does not care that only the big market teams are earning money while teams with such proud histories like the Pirates have become farm systems because they play in less attractive cities.  Also, teams should not be allowed to pay players such big contracts like A-Rod's.  There is something wrong with the system when ONE player is earning more than an ENTIRE team (Marlins) and when that player can't stay on the field, still has 6 years left on his contract, and is guaranteed every penny of that contract whether or not he plays a single game.  Not only do they need a salary cap, but also non-guaranteed contracts.  But this idea is too smart for Bud Selig to adopt because he wants the Yankees, Sox, and Phils to win the World Series every year.



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Astros should go to the American League in same division with Texas.  Tampa doesn't deserve a team, they have been very good fo the last few years now and still finish last in attendance, which includes teams that are always bad like Kansas City.  I don't mind adding wild card teams to the playoffs but get rid or interleague play--it gives some teams an advantage on the schedule...

You do realize that if the Astros move to the AL West there will be interleague play everyday.  All season.




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Oh I agree with this.  One, the AL West only has 4 teams, so moving Houston there would make sense.  Two, there would be a natural rivalry between Texas and Houston before they even play their first game.  Although, the Rangers will clearly have the upperhand in the beginning.
And to the dude he wants instant replay.  Screw that.  For a few different reasons.  One, I love the human element of the game.  If the league resolves to that then they might as well give each player a video game controller and let them duke it out at home.  Two, I think that the games are long enough without having an ump review every close call.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:26 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Astros should go to the American League in same division with Texas.  Tampa doesn't deserve a team, they have been very good fo the last few years now and still finish last in attendance, which includes teams that are always bad like Kansas City.  I don't mind adding wild card teams to the playoffs but get rid or interleague play--it gives some teams an advantage on the schedule...



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

...and change the home field advantage in the World Series back to the team with the best record.  This is a travesty to have a wild card team with home field against a division winner with a better record.  Mr. Selig, you are basing home field on the most meaningless game played all year long including the fewest players from the teams that face off in the WS.  Grow up.  It never needed to be changed anyway due to a tie in an all-star game - who cares!



Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Well, I just heard Selig say to Costas they wouldn't just ditch divisions and have the top teams make the playoffs. 

So with that, get ready for the second best teams in some years being eliminated by a one-game playoff.

There's so much unfairness built into this plan to add a wild card.  Get ready for it, because it's coming.  



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

First Gadhafi, and now they should go after Selig and take that dictator down. 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Selig isn't happy because the teams he pimps- Yankees, Redsox, Phillies, Whitesox, Cubs, Mets, Dodgers , Angels and Tigers are all home watching and too many fans are catching up on football.

He's not going to be happy until interleague and playoff expansion makes it possible for the big market teams to make the playoffs regardles of record. Bud Selig isn't looking out for the best interests of baseball, he's looking out for the most dollars.

Better be careful in Tampa Bay (nemisis of Selig fav's Yankees & Redsox) Selig's liable to concoct a scheme to sell them to the Cubans (Fidel not Mark) or contract them and decide Longoria and Price go to the Redsox & Yankees.

I'd like Selig to decide what kind of compensation we fans get for two decades of pretending to be the comissioner of baseball.    

 


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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:15 pm
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