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Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:31 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 9:19 pm
 
Bud SeligBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Baseball's expanded playoffs could be ready for the 2012 season, commissioner Bud Selig told reporters at SoxFest in Chicago on Friday.

Bud Selig
"I really believe we'll have the (extra) wild card fo rthis year," Selig said (via the Chicago Tribune.) "Clubs really want it. I don't think I've ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card."

The new wild card round would be one-game playoffs between the two wild card teams. The players and owners have already agreed to the expanded playoffs, with the only question being whether they'd begin in 2012 or 2013. The decision is expected by March 1, according to the Associated Press.

"We're working on dates right now," Selig said. "It looks to me like we'll have it, because I've told everybody we have to have it. It will be exciting. A one-game playoff and it will start the playoffs in a very exciting manner."

Also on Friday, the Associated Press reported that teams tied for the division tittle would now play a one-game playoff instead of using head-to-head record to determine the division winner. That will be necessary because of the new nature of the playoffs -- division winners won't have to play in the one-game wild card playoff, making winning the division more important than in years past.

The new format would also likely mean an end to the rule that doesn't allow two teams from the same division to play in the division series. The winner of the wild card would then play the team with the best record in the league.

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Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:47 am
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

I definitely like the addition of a second Wild Card but don't like the idea of a 1 game playoff. I also agree with one of the other posts that asked... is there anything more Selig can do to deminish the importance of the 162 season than discard all of the head to head tie breakers? I think that's rediculous and can't imagine any owner thinking it's a great idea to stomp on a 162 season to play even one extra game to determine a Division title.

Rediculous    



Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:38 am
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Well i guess this a good thing for my underperforming RedSox .



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:27 am
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

spagsman, remember he was an owner...this is just insane that he would even consider this a good idea.  im sure they have to be getting some feedback from fans saying they dont like they idea.  But I guess if the owners think it will put more money in their pockets then they'll do it. And it will put more money in their pockets.  It will be interesting to see if theirs more or less drama at the end of the year to get in???



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:40 am
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Now we'll have possibi;ity of yet another team not good enough to win its division being given a chance to get to and win the World Series
That argument is so tired. Were the 1993 Giants that won 103 games and lost the division to the 104 win Braves not good enough to win the division? This argument that an 85 win division champion is more worthy of a playoff spot than a 95 win wild card team is ridiculous.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

How many things can 1 Commissioner possibly do to ruin the integrity of the game? I realize he's a puppet for the owners, but I thought he was supposed to protect the integrity of the game and the fans. Now we'll have possibi;ity of yet another team not good enough to win its division being given a chance to get to and win the World Series. What a joke!



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

I am for another wild card team, but why only a one game playoff? This basically screws up the rotation for the team that wins that one game. It should be nothing less than a normal three game series. You line up your best thre pitchers and run them out there night, after night, after night. I look for the run of wild cards winning the series to end soon with this new format.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Booooooo



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

As a fan of a small market team, I am absolutely all for this. With Boston and New York in my team's division hogging both playoff spots, I think this is a great idea. Everyone says this is for the big market teams, WRONG. This helps the small market teams more than I can say. The Yankees ALWAYS make the playoffs. The Phillies ALWAYS make the playoffs. There gonna be in regardless. So lets add another spot for teams like the Orioles and Blue Jays. I wish the Wild Card series would be a best of 3, but you cant have everything. All I know is my Rays chances to make the postseason in 2012 would go up greatly if this passes.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

Sounds like the commish is tired of the Red Sux crying... maybe they should have had a better 2011 September...



Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Selig expects expanded playoffs for 2012

So, did baseball REALLY need to find a way to give every one of their 162 regular season games EVEN LESS VALUE?

Look, this thought is nothing new, but for most people it's a fact for them:  The 162 game season makes each game look almost value-less.  Lose one game and, heck, there's still 161 more!

This is the strength of football - 11 or 12 regular season games in college makes EVERY GAME of the highest value. Pro football - every game lost makes it more difficult to make the playoffs when you have only sixteen regular season games.  Hence, we don't mind four weeks of playoffs in the NFL. We actually want MORE playoffs in college football.

BUT IN BASEBALL?  HUH?  So what IS THE POINT of 162 games?  Apparently the only purpose for 162 games is to keep the traditionalists happy, because you can't compare stats from 1980 to 2010 if they both didn't play 162 games. Which is a dumb argument, because INJURIES, and CHANGES IN THE GAME (Roids, Rules changes), and the ability to pro-rate stats (mathematics are a great thing) make it a worthless argument.

If you are going to add playoffs, at least make it three games, but why add any?  Go back to before wildcard.  Or, add another round of playoffs and shorten the regular season.  But, just adding ONE stupid game and calling it a wild-card is an insult to a 162 game season. 


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