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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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Comments

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:04 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

NO! NO! NO! A THOUSAND TIMES NO!  Baseball is unique from the other 4 major sports in that the regular season matters for something (except for home field advantage in the World Series but, that is another subject).  Look at how great the final day of the regular season was, seeing Boston, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and St Louis all in the hunt on the final day.  Adding another Wild Card takes away from that.  Now, there are people who will say it adds more teams into the mix but, does it really?  Tampa finished a game ahead of Boston but 5 ahead of the Angels.  St Louis finished a game ahead of Atlanta but 4 games ahead of San Francisco.  We are getting to the point where, with additional playoff teams, the separation will be such that the last few weeks of the season will become meaningless.  Full disclosure here, I was not a fan of the original Wild Card but, I don't think it has taken away that much from the allure of the post season.  However, the more you dilute the post season with borderline teams, the more you detract from the product and the importance of the 162 game season.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:02 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Even up the divisions, shorten the season, then worry about the playoffs. I would like to see some more teams in the playoffs, especially ones that heat up at the end of the season. Works in every othe sport. Heck, hockey has a whole nother season after the season. 



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:57 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

I agree that shortening the season would be a good idea. The postseason is losing more and more TV audience every year, I think its because of football. I am a big baseball fan, but when football gets here I am ready. The only real issue about shortening a baseball season would be records.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:15 am
 

Cut 10 games off the season first, it's cold ...

Before adding any games, please cut at least 10 off the regular season. Then please move arizona to the AL and not Houston. At least have some business sense. You want AL and NL in Texas which is a big market. Arizona, well it doesn't really matter which league they are in. Being in AL West would make too much sense travel and fan wise. They are practically already in California, and also have many winter residents from around the country. Give them AL baseball and no one would know the difference. Or move Colorado, it would be about the same. But cut 10 games off the season now before we have to play in snow and ice. 



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:59 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Baseball will be so much better off when Bud Selig is gone from being Commissioner after the 2012 Season.  This guy is clocking $18 million a year and for what?  He doesn't throw a pitch or swing a bat.  He's a used car salesman.  What's the difference between Bud Selig & The Devil --- The Devil has a better haircut & a better wardrobe.  I really can't wait until this guy is gone and he takes his minions with him.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:17 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

Shortening the season would be a start ..



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:14 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012


if
selig wants to leave a legacy for us all it's easy. The PIRATES are in the playoffs every year. Best ballpark needs to count for something! Hey Selig drink another BUD haha



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:00 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

That's nice Bud.  But first, move Houston to the AL West.  It's been too long.  Even it up and you may also get an intrastate rivalry playing on a regular basis.  Second, shorten the season by at least 15% or 24 (plus/minus) games.  That way, you can add additional wild cards without dragging the season into Thanksgiving.  Plus, do the Phillies and Braves or Yanks and Sox really have to play each other 19 times a year?  Or, here's a stretch: do away with divisions altogether and have two, 15 team conferences.  The top six teams with the highest winning percentages make the playoffs.  Don't want to out think the room, but baseball is losing fans in seats (don't give me tickets sold).  I'm into anything to make games more exciting (enforce time between pitches and batters stepping outside the box) and seasons more stimulating. 



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:52 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

 I agree w/ callmzeke!  If they had done it this year, then the Red Sox amd Braves would of already been in the playoffs and those games we saw on the last day would not of mattered and would of only been to decide Home field advantage for a 1 game playoff!! Leave the game alone Selig!! You are leaving anyway! He is trying to leave some last minute marks on the game to add to his legacy. It's the same kind of BS thinking that Bush had his last couple of years in office, worrying more about how he will be remembered in historically.



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:49 am
 

Selig says extra wild cards could happen in 2012

 agree w/ callmzeke!  If they had done it this year, then the Red Sox amd Braves would of already been in the playoffs and those games we saw on the last day would not of mattered and would of only been to decide Home field advantage for a 1 game playoff!! Leave the game alone Selig!! You are leaving anyway! He is trying to leave some last minute marks on the game to add to his legacy. It's the same kind of BS thinking that Bush had his last couple of years in office, worrying more about how he will be remembered in historically.


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