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. [SI.com]
"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.