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Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:18 pm

The new slightly expanded playoff system was always going to pass. There never was a doubt. And there is an easy way to explain why that is: what Bud wants, Bud gets.

But there is another good reason in this case. It makes sense.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wanted to add two more teams to the playoff mix, two play-in teams, actually, that will vie to become the wild-card team in a one-game playoff. Selig's support all but guaranteed it would happen eventually.

Though even with Bud's backing, the other thing you know is that these things always go right down to the deadline. Tomorrow is the official deadline to change the playoff format, though this is in reality a soft deadline, meaning it may take another day or two past the deadline to finalize things. But it will pass in time to make it happen for the 2012 baseball season.

Another reason it will pass is that there is no real opposition to the concept. The only reason it's taken right up until the deadline is that there are complicated scheduling and TV issues to be worked out. MLB needs to satisfy its TV partners as well as the players, who are the ones who will be performing in these extra games.

The new rule will put a greater premium on the regular season. Now it will be a bigger advantage to win the division as opposed because it means avoiding the winner-take-all play-in game.

Adding the ninth and 10th teams to the postseason mix opens things up a bit, too -- though not too much. Baseball -- and Bud -- are striking exactly the right note here.
Category: MLB
Tags: Bud Selig

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:15 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

In my view, adding two more wild-card teams to the MLB playoffs will cheapen the 162 game regular season(not improve it).One thing that has always made baseball stand out is the fact that (unlike other sports) you actually had to win something to make the playoffs. Going back is impossible, but the best postseason system MLB will ever have was the one in place through 1968. They simply lined up all the teams in each league, played a 162 game schedule, & the team with the best record in each league went to the World Series.MLB went to divisional play in 1969, but through 1992 a team had to actually win a division title to get in the postseason.In the last year of that format the two MLB teams with the best records were the Braves & the Giants. They were both in the same division & that race was a real dog fight. The Braves ended up winning 103 games to take the division. The Giants won 102 games & went home.Now such a race would be dull & meaningless. Under the system likely to be used in 2012 both teams would have basically clinched playoff spots by the end of July.

A long regular season has to have real meaning to be interesting.The NBA plays an 82 game regular season that seems to go on forever & is a crashing bore.That's because only the teams that are truly horrible don't get into the 2 month + monstrosity that is the NBA playoffs.I'd hate to see MLB go there, but the chase for more revenue keeps pushing them further in that direction.

If MLB is hell-bent on adding more wild-card teams, I'd at least propose that the regular season be trimmed to 154 games & the wild-card round be made a best of three series.That would be a truer test of which wild-card teams should move on to the regular playoffs.I also think that all playoff series after that should be a best of seven format.The current best of five divisional playoff round unfairly helps teams that may not be as deep or as talented as their opponent. Best of seven is a much better test.

I'd also suggest that MLB at least consider playing World Series games on the weekend during the day.As things are now, MLB stands to lose a whole generation of fans because kids in school can't stay up to watch the end of  World Series games.This would also mean less night WS games played in below freezing temperatures in Boston, Philly, New York, or wherever. Actually,I'd like to see all World Series games played during the afternoon again. I still fondly remember rushing home from school to catch as much of the World Series weekday games as possible. I'd get home during the third or fourth inning, actually get to watch the end of the games, & players didn't have to wear arctic weather gear to withstand the temps.I know we won't see those good old days again, but I do still miss them.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:57 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

'Tis nearing the time to gently usher and politely welcome into our warming World, the returning and the new wild birds --  many of them busy building nests as they sing and seek mates.  Hello to tons of tree pollen; which by using its no-fail "over-kill" method spreads widely and easily finds its "exact key" as well as our porches, cars and noses!  Greetings to the many flower and leaf buds that are already swelling in size as they ready to open with great bursts of color ...Look!  Even the Cubs are awakening and very very soon will no longer have to "Wait'll next Year"!
But, most importantly, Mother Earth continues to "do her thing" and we live knowing that life DOES go on...afterall!
Thank-You Momma!


That's a post that I had earlier placed on another thread elsewhere on these CBS boards. 
I love this Game.
I want the season to go on and on.  But I agree with CubsFan1981, (above) that Baseball suffers (big time) when played in cold, nasty do the fans.
The Game is ill suited for such chilling, dank conditions.
The "Fathers (& Mothers!) of Baseball" never intended for match-ups to be played in the later months of the year --- they were well aware that this is a "Summer Fest".  Thus, numerous reasons and the means to postpone a contest are in The Rule Book for good reasons.
I don't want to even think about holding post season games within the confines of some uninvolved "neutral" team's domed, heated & weather sheltered "park" (a la NFL).  No way!

I hate to agree with an eariler poster's thoughts of shortening the playing year-- but I will take a return to the 154 game season schedule rather than keep the 162 games per regular season plus the addition of more teams involved in a longer post season.

Yeah... "money talks".

Yup, the huge salaries contractually owed by to players by the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, Braves, Rangers, Dodgers et al, have gotta be paid...this ain't the way to do it.


Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:47 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

I really like this idea, now the teams that will win their division will get an advantage,
because the wild card teams will have to use their ace for that one wild card  game. 

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:39 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

if your going to expand the playoffs ....why not follow the lead of football and have six teams per side? ...follow suit with a first round bye for the top two teams from each league with a three game series for the first round? ...a one game play in is retarded for baseball ...are you really going to tell these two teams that after 162 games they have made it to a one game play in? dumb ...bud selig ...dumber least pull in the sixth team and have the three wild cards and weakest division winner match up in a three game series! i think it is fine the way it is ...but if it has to be done ...bring in another team, install a bye round, and go 3, 5, 7, 7

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:42 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

If you enjoyed the way the last day of the season ended last year, you will hate the new playoff system.  None of that would have happened under the new playoff format.  It would all have been anticlmatic.  Braves and Red Sox would have made the playoffs automatically.

This is a stupid idea, and it will not be satisfactory.  I'm saying they will change the playoffs again in the next five to ten years. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:39 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

No, this is terrible. You could finish 10 games ahead of the other wild card team and then lose it all in one night. As a Jays fan, my team is one of the most likely to benefit...and I'm totally against it. If this is how we have to get in, I'm not interested.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:10 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

They need to shorten the season back to 154 games, the playoffs already push to far into the fall, at the rate they are going it will become the Winter Classic.

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:01 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

Oh I love we will have baseball all the way through Thanksgiving. Can't wait for game 7 of the series on Nov. 26th in Detroit or Colorado or Chicago. Way to go Bud...another used car sold!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:52 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

This is good for baseball and therefore the right move, even if it pisses off some fans. Look at the excitement we had for the last day last year, now that excitement will be there every year not just every 50 years or so.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:36 pm

Baseball hits grand slam with new playoff system

I think it would have been a lot easier to just write a MLB rule that stats that the Yankees and the Red Sox will be included in all playoff/postseason, regardless of their records of season's standings. (Oh, did you forget to mention that is the basis of "Bud's" new idea?)


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