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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: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:07 pm

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Dictator Selig is an idiot of a commissioner who is destroying baseball and his latest idea will be one more in a long list of idiot ideas.  When he leaves the commissioners office it will be a great day of joy for baseball and his legacy will be a lost world series, steroids and the dumbest idea for home field advantage ever.

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:20 pm

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

They should wait until 2013 when they'll probably have 15 teams in each league.  There's no rush to do this, so do it right when you get the 15/15 split:

Move the Diamondbacks to the AL so both leagues have the same distribution of teams by time zone.  Arizona or Colorado make more sense than Houston, so leave the Astros in the NL.

Eliminate divisions.  There's no need to fragment the leagues into 5-team divisions if you have 5 teams from each league qualify for postseason. Just let them play each other in a close-to-balanced schedule, and seed the teams in the right order.

Play your former division teams 11 games over 4 series
Play the other ten teams 10 games over 3 series
Play four interleague series.

156 games over 175 days
50 series over 25 weeks.

Top-3 make the playoffs

4- and 5-seeds play a best-of-3 on the weekend after the season ends on Wednesday.

Rest of the postseason goes to best-of-7, and with the shortened regular season the World Series still ends in October.

So instead of a 26-week regular season and a 4-week postseason, it would be a 25-week regular season and a 5-week postseason.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:12 pm

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

That would be great but while your adding things why don't you add some replay as the Umpires continue to mess it up and may cost someone a very important game while you bask with your human elimate theroy..
The wheel is no longer square...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:34 am

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

First there does not need anymore wild card teams added to the playoffs there is no reason for it. What do you want to play games in November or December Selig?
Second the inner league play during the regular season needs to go also which was a stupid idea from the begining.
 Let's get to the all star game where the winner gets home field for theWorld Series. THIS IS STUPID!!!!
The team with the best record should have home field advantage...after 162 regular season games the team with the best record has earned it.
The only person that is worse than Selig is Gary Bettman but neither of these two should even have a job in sports because they sure do not do whats best for the game.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:33 am

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Does this idiot have a clue? Did he pay attention to the finish in both leagues this year? Why would you say these things now? If the Braves and Red Sox had held their large leads this year I would understand you talking this crap more but still I'd disagree with it. This 1 game wild card game does nothing compared to a great regular season finish like we saw this year. There was more interest in baseball in September this year than it has seen since the old days of baseball. If you really need to change the current setup try starting the season in mid March, add a 7 game format to the first round of the playoffs, and do away with the all star break and move the all star game to the Wednesday after the world series. all that would make more money for the greedy and stir up a lot more interest in the game than watering down the regular season by letting a team in the post season that couldn't get it done in 162 games. Hey Bud why don't you for once get the fans opinion on your idiotic ideas and then actually do the right thing. 

Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:55 am

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

I would think after 162 games you would  know who the better teams are.

Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:19 am

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Sick of baseball, its interminable post-season, its crowning event that used to strike awe in school kids on golden fall afternoons
now played in 4 hours of cold and dark. The competition and specialness eliminated, because the leagues play each other during in-season exhibition games.

All for the money. The money. The money.

Write and debate one another till you're blue in the face. Selig and company will deliver what the 1 percent want, not the 99 percent. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:18 am

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

So we need to play 162 games to figure out who gets into the expanded playoffs?  Really?

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

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

1.  The Rays have been one of the American Leagues top teams for the past 4 seasons, making the playoffs in three of those seasons.  Selig is right.  The fact that they have finished dead last in the AL for attendence is very bad.  I guess if you want to make money in professional sports, winning isn't the answer after all.

2.  I would support 2 more wild card spots being added.  However, I think their focus should be more on interleague play this offseason.  Should they have it?  Personally, I think that the only way it should be allowed is if there are an even amount of teams in both leagues and all divisions. 

3.  All for shortening the schedule.  The only reason why I paid attention the playoffs this year was because the Tigers got in.  When football season comes around, baseball season is pretty much over as far as I'm concerned.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:08 am

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

The commissioner is supposed to protect the best interests of THE GAME, not the owners, not the advertisers, not the networks, but THE GAME. Bud Selig repeatedly ignores the game and focuses on the almighty DOLLAR. The whole All-Star thing is not about the game, it is about increasing TV ratings. His reasoning was that MLB needed to know in advance which city would host the World Series, so that corporate sponsors could plan their events. Yeah right. So, I suppose a month ago those sponsors were planning on trips to St. Louis and Arlington - no way. Total B.S. from B.S. Unlike football, baseball is supposed to be about the marathon of the long season. That is supposed to be how you earn your way to the post-season. Football is a sprint to the playoffs. Win 10 of 16 games and you probably have a shot at the Super Bowl. But that is not the formula for MLB's game and how it was meant to be played. B.S. just wants to add more levels of Wild Card to boost sagging ratings and try to salvage a few more dollars for his billionaire owners. The Red Sox and the Braves proved why there should be no expansion to the playoffs. If you can't earn it during September - you sit home and watch on your flat screen during October. That's what the game is supposed to be about Bud.

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