MLB to Extend Postseason?

December baseball, everybody!  Decemeber baseball!

Last night before Game 2 of the World Series, Bud Selig announced that he is willing to consider extending the postseason by adding more wild card teams.  []

"Obviously, we have to talk to the union," Selig said. "These are all details we have to work out. While I've spent a lot of time thinking about it, we have a lot of different opinions on the subject – how to do it, if to do it."

Since 1995, eight of the 30 baseball teams have made the playoffs. In the NFL, 12 of 32 teams make the playoffs. In the NBA and NHL, 16 of 30 teams advance to the postseason.

In recent months, Selig has appeared increasingly open to adding more wild-card teams.

The most talked about scenario would be to add one wild card team from each league, forcing a best-of-three or best-of-five series between two wild card teams.  This would give teams added incentive to win the division, and put the wild card teams' pitching staffs at a disadvantage.

There is also talk of extending the Divisional Series- making it a best-of-seven series- in order to eliminate the potential for the type of fluke wins a five game series affords.

Of course, with all of these extra games, the season would have to start earlier.

The soonest a change could happen wouldn't be until 2012, so no reason to get worked up yet. Selig and the owners will discuss at the Winter Meetings in November.

Ready… opine.

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13 Responses

  1. Dumb. The playoffs last too long as it is. People will certainly lose interest in longer/more playoff series. Throughout baseball history, traditionally one of the BEST teams would win each year. Not always, by generally. Now you want to open up the possibility of the 9th or 10th best team winning it all?? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  2. Maybe with longer playoff series, teams like the Giants would come back down before the World Series.

  3. The only thing that makes sense is extending the LDS series to 7 games. The rest of the ideas are just bad. One of the best parts of baseball is how exclusive the playoffs are. Why do we need to ruin this? It’s excting. They seem to discount the whole end of season atmosphere which is essentially a playoff, but it’s just not billed as one.
    In the end, this probably all comes down to money. It probably also is a factor because AL East is in general pretty hopeless unless your team is the Yankees or Red Sox. It seems like the Yankees and Red Sox are in the playoffs every year, which basically nullifies the wild card a bit in the AL.

  4. *exciting
    By the way, I just wanted to point out that comparing your playoff structure to the NHL or NBA is a joke. When over half the league makes it, isn’t that a bit ridiculous?

  5. The problem is that the WHOLE baseball season is too long, and owners would not consider shortening the season because of lost revenues, which then they would use as ammo for lower player salaries. I’m in favor of 7 game LDS, leave the # of teams as is. Giving the division winners a three game series to rest while wildcard teams duke it out will take those teams out of rhythm. I already think the Phils somewhat suffered from having so much time off between series, and the amount of rest they got after they wrapped up the division.

  6. I can’t stand the wild card as it is. It should be 4 divisions. 2 AL, and 2 NL. No wild card. No DH. You win the division and then play for the pennant. Old school. That’s baseball. They play into November as it is. No sir, I don’t like it.

  7. I don’t support a longer baseball season–it’s long enough. Besides, with football season overlapping with the ending of baseball season, there’s already enough sports to watch.

  8. “There is also talk of extending the Divisional Series- making it a best-of-seven series- in order to eliminate the potential for the type of fluke wins a five game series affords.”
    3 wins = possible fluke
    …but FOUR wins…. now THAT is a victory 100% of the time. Just make it best of 9. It would avoid the potential for the type of fluke wins a 7 game series affords.

  9. And the only way any of this works is you start the season around St Patty’s Day – when the weather is just lovely in the midwest and NE part of the US. They probably should move the season up to last week in March as it is anyway. I guess it beats finishing the World Series after Halloween every year though.
    With extended playoff talk and days off between rounds, has MLB looked at NBA and said now there’s a league I want to emulate. Perhaps they could do away with minor leagues and just start playing draft picks right out of high school too. That’s worked out so well.

  10. stupid stupid stupid stupid. you play 162 games. Letting in more teams will make the regular season meaningless. People want to see geat teams that do it over the course of a season, not clown wild card winners like the Marlins and untalented teams like the Giants. No one wants to see a team with 80 wins take the World Series. Fuck that.

  11. what would be nice to see along with the tickets sold is the allotment each school was supposed to sell. For instance I see that Minnesota sold 3,000 tickets for last year’s Insight Bowl, but how many were they required to sell? Did they meat their allotment or how short were they?

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