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Fenway
10-26-2010, 12:56 PM
Thanksgiving baseball?

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-expandedplayoffs

DumpJerry
10-26-2010, 12:59 PM
Do they realize that five years ago today, the Sox won Game Four and this year Game One is TOMORROW?

There is a blizzard warning in North Dakota today. This means Minneapolis will have some "fun" weather tomorrow. Just think if the World Series was headed there this weekend......

Fenway
10-26-2010, 01:03 PM
Do they realize that five years ago today, the Sox won Game Four and this year Game One is TOMORROW?

There is a blizzard warning in North Dakota today. This means Minneapolis will have some "fun" weather tomorrow. Just think if the World Series was headed there this weekend......

http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/ap/aeba6734-7719-4d30-9d76-9da620c487c2.grid-6x2.jpg

doublem23
10-26-2010, 01:17 PM
There is a blizzard warning in North Dakota today. This means Minneapolis will have some "fun" weather tomorrow. Just think if the World Series was headed there this weekend......

Luckily that will never be a concern.

Fenway
10-26-2010, 01:29 PM
http://media.thestar.topscms.com/images/59/02/2ba1624c4695bfd2a7fde91b1a17.jpeg

Marqhead
10-26-2010, 02:08 PM
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sox1970
10-26-2010, 02:42 PM
They need to shorten the season to 25 weeks. Either go to 156 games or play 6 scheduled day/night doubleheaders.

I do like the idea of adding another wildcard to get more teams involved in the race, but they need to end the season in October. It can be done, but they need to shorten the season by a week.

SI1020
10-26-2010, 02:45 PM
Wonderful news.

Nellie_Fox
10-26-2010, 03:06 PM
There is a blizzard warning in North Dakota today. This means Minneapolis will have some "fun" weather tomorrow. Just think if the World Series was headed there this weekend......It's supposed to go into the 20's tonight, with a chance of snow.

downstairs
10-26-2010, 03:56 PM
I absolutely do not want more playoff games because I believe the system is fine as is. However, I never understand people complaining about baseball going into November. Is it really that big of a deal, as a fan?

WhiteSox5187
10-26-2010, 06:05 PM
No no no no NO! No more playoffs! Jesus! If they are going to do that just allow the Yankees and Red Sox to play every year regardless of record.

TDog
10-26-2010, 06:14 PM
I absolutely do not want more playoff games because I believe the system is fine as is. However, I never understand people complaining about baseball going into November. Is it really that big of a deal, as a fan?

I agree. I have a bigger problem with football being played in the fall.

Dan H
10-26-2010, 06:26 PM
One beauty of MLB is that it is not the NHL or NBA where playoffs take forever. In they expand the playoffs, they will make the regular season meaningless. If everybody and their brother gets in, just don't have a regular season.

If they expand the playoffs, fans should respond by a total boycott - no going out to the ballpark or watching on TV. This is absolute nonsense.

DumpJerry
10-26-2010, 06:28 PM
I absolutely do not want more playoff games because I believe the system is fine as is. However, I never understand people complaining about baseball going into November. Is it really that big of a deal, as a fan?
Have you ever gone to a baseball game when it is in the 30's? It's not fun and I'm one of the biggest fans of winter weather you'll ever meet.

soltrain21
10-26-2010, 06:40 PM
Have you ever gone to a baseball game when it is in the 30's? It's not fun and I'm one of the biggest fans of winter weather you'll ever meet.

Well, I mean. You don't HAVE to go.

sox1970
10-26-2010, 08:49 PM
So here's how they could add one wildcard team to each league and play the first round best-of-7 without ending the World Series in November:

Opening Day: Thursday (March 29 - April 4)
Final Day: Wednesday (September 19 - September 25)

This would be a 25-week season. Either play 6 scheduled day/night doubleheaders or cut the season to 156.

The season would end on Wednesday. The 4th and 5th place teams would play a best-of three at the 4th place team's park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The regular playoffs as we know them start on Tuesday, but now all rounds would be best-of seven.

Say the final day of the season is September 25 (the latest it could be). The Play-In Series would be the 27th, 28th, and 29th.

The Playoff schedule would be:
ALDS Oct 1-2 4-5-6 8-9
NLDS Oct 2-3 5-6-7 9-10

ALCS Oct 12-13 15-16-17 19-20
NLCS Oct 13-14 16-17-18 20-21

World Series (starts on a Wednesday, as it is today)
Oct. 23-24 26-27-28 30-31

I'd also move the Rockies to the AL and eliminate divisions, and make it a straight top 5 from each league make the playoffs--really those 4th and 5th place teams would be playing to get in. I understand interleague would have to be all year, but it can be done.

Jerko
10-26-2010, 08:51 PM
Before you know it you won't be able to get any World Series stuff in time for Christmas.

thomas35forever
10-26-2010, 10:45 PM
No more playoff teams PLEASE. Baseball needs to end before November and besides, more playoff teams cheapens the whole thing.

SI1020
10-26-2010, 11:15 PM
No problem at all with baseball in November, temperatures in the 20's and ice covering the field. I mean, who in their right mind would complain about that? Besides, the odds are better that it would be in the 30's and slushy.

Hitmen77
10-27-2010, 10:33 AM
One beauty of MLB is that it is not the NHL or NBA where playoffs take forever. In they expand the playoffs, they will make the regular season meaningless. If everybody and their brother gets in, just don't have a regular season.


Exactly. The NHL and NBA playoffs are too long with too many teams such that it cheapens the regular season and the first few rounds of the playoff.....I don't want MLB to become like that.

As far as playing in bad weather in November. It isn't just that I as a fan sitting in my warm living room doesn't care if the conditions are miserable....I think it degrades the quality of MLB's showcase (the World Series) if it's going to face more and more bad weather. Sure, this year would work out find with the games being played in Texas and California, but that won't always be the case. Of course, weather can be great in early Nov one year and bad in mid Oct. the next year....but I'd say on the whole I've found that typically the weather in the midwest and northeast takes a turn for the worse (colder, more chance of rain) right around the last week of October. I don't want to see more and more WS games with rain delays and miserable conditions.

Hitmen77
10-27-2010, 10:53 AM
...by the way, if the plan is to add one more WC team per league out of curiosity I looked up who that extra team would have been in recent years and here is who would have made the playoffs:

American League:
2010: Boston, 2009: Texas, 2008: Yankees, 2007: Detroit/Seattle (Tigers played one fewer games and led by 0.5 games), 2006: White Sox, 2005: Cleveland, 2004: Oakland, 2003: Seattle, 2002: Boston/Seattle (tied).

National League:
2010: San Diego, 2009: San Fran., 2008: Mets, 2007: San Diego/Mets (SD led by 0.5 game), 2006: Philadelphia, 2005: Philadelphia, 2004: San Fran, 2003: Houston, 2002: Los Angeles

RedHeadPaleHoser
10-27-2010, 11:22 AM
I saw this on a crawl last night when I was out at a bar. I had to see it again before I shook my head in disbelief.

How many guys are going to get "playoff clauses" written into their contracts if this happens?

1989
10-28-2010, 12:40 AM
This would, without a doubt, benefit the White Sox. That said, I still don't want it happen.

chisoxfanatic
10-28-2010, 06:43 PM
Doesn't MLB have a set day when each round begins?

In the NHL, there is no set day that a round must begin. They set the next round's schedule once all series in the current round in a specific conference are completed. The start date of the next round is flexible. This eliminates too much time being put between rounds.

Perhaps MLB should try this!