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DSpivack
04-21-2011, 04:01 PM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/mlb-playoffs-likely-to-expand-to-10-teams-in-2012/article1994832/

2 Wild-Card teams to face each other in a short series "play-in" round

Fenway
04-21-2011, 04:03 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/14976052/selig-expects-playoffs-to-expand-to-10-teams-for-2012?ttag=gen10_on_all_fb_na_txt_0001


What Bud wants... the 2 wild cards face off and the division winners will get a couple of days off

Thanksgiving Baseball is at hand

Marqhead
04-21-2011, 04:11 PM
Not in favor of this at all. The reason you have a 162 game regular season is because the last month of it is basically a playoff atmosphere day after day. This is all about $$$ of course, I think it sucks.

Chez
04-21-2011, 04:15 PM
My first reaction was negative. But then I remembered how opposed I was to the whole concept of three divisions per league and the Wild Card in 1994. It has turned out to be a great thing for the game. I'm willing to give this latest idea a chance.

hi im skot
04-21-2011, 04:16 PM
Seems pretty stupid.

SephClone89
04-21-2011, 04:16 PM
**** that ****.

ewokpelts
04-21-2011, 04:18 PM
as long as the wild card "winner" gets two potential home games in the Division Series, I dont care.

The "le's make wild cards only have one home game in the Division Series" arguement is bogus.

Zakath
04-21-2011, 04:24 PM
This is seriously stupid.

Even if it's a best-of-3, you're talking nearly a week that the division winners would be off waiting for the winner, who could end up having to blow their bullpen up to get through.

I don't hear a lot of screaming from people saying, "God, I wish a fifth team in each league could get in, so that they could play a series against the fourth team."

ComiskeyBrewer
04-21-2011, 04:32 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/14976052/selig-expects-playoffs-to-expand-to-10-teams-for-2012?ttag=gen10_on_all_fb_na_txt_0001


What Bud wants... the 2 wild cards face off and the division winners will get a couple of days off

Thanksgiving Baseball is at hand

Why not just shorten spring training by a month and start in the middle of March....

asindc
04-21-2011, 04:34 PM
Don't like it.:mad:

mzh
04-21-2011, 04:35 PM
Has Bud Selig not changed baseball enough as it is? Way to concerned with leaving his own ****ed up imprint on the game, he is. People say the NBA talent is diluted, this is doing the same thing to the playoffs. How great will it be to see 100 win team beat the **** out of an 80 win team that sneaked through in a bad division!

DumpJerry
04-21-2011, 04:37 PM
This will hurt season ticket holders since it means two more expensive games to pay for when we get the invoice in August.

WhiteSox5187
04-21-2011, 04:48 PM
Horrible, horrible, horrible idea. But hey, it makes the owners money so it MUST be good, right?! Boy I wish Selig would leave.

sox1970
04-21-2011, 04:53 PM
I really like it. 33% of the teams with a crack at it is fair, but they need to do it the right way:

-Make the leagues both 15 teams--yes, interleague would be all season.

-Eliminate divisions, and have the top 5 make it. 4 hosts 5 in a best of 3, and the winner plays the 1-seed.

-Close to a balanced schedule.

-Shorten the schedule by a week...either 156 games or 6 day/night doubleheaders.

-Keep Game 7 of the World Series out of November at all costs. If it means opening day on March 29th, do it...but start the season in domes and warm weather cities.

Huisj
04-21-2011, 05:12 PM
I think it sucks. No more playoff teams are needed at all.

DonnieDarko
04-21-2011, 05:25 PM
I like the idea a lot, actually. 33% of each league getting into the playoffs is a good thing in my book.

Fenway
04-21-2011, 05:28 PM
You could shorten the season by a few days easily.


For the teams that always sell tickets you just schedule a couple of day night doubleheaders - separate admission. ( so they could keep 81 openings ) For the teams that have problems just have a real doubleheader and promote it. Less openings but maybe more tickets sold.


Too logical.

DonnieDarko
04-21-2011, 06:11 PM
Too logical.

So we know it won't happen, sadly.

thomas35forever
04-21-2011, 07:23 PM
Agree with just about everyone here. I don't like it one bit. Can't we just keep postseason baseball in October where it belongs? But hey, whatever drives the almighty dollar I guess. The worst part is it doesn't sound like they're planning to realign the divisions in any way. Nice going, Bud.

Also if this is true, it probably means the end for my MLB standings board after this season. I only have the current playoff bracket on there and I'd rather not have to get creative to make it work.

Daver
04-21-2011, 07:30 PM
There are way to many teams that make the post season already.

1989
04-21-2011, 07:57 PM
I'm fine with it how it is, but this would benefit the Sox.

mjmcend
04-21-2011, 08:09 PM
There are way to many teams that make the post season already.

I agree. The only true way to determine the best team in a year (which a championship purports to do) is to play a whole bunch of games against every team and the team with the best record at the end is the best. Right now baseball is the only professional sport that comes close to doing just this and any further teams making the playoffs just dilute the regular season further.

DSpivack
04-21-2011, 08:21 PM
I agree. The only true way to determine the best team in a year (which a championship purports to do) is to play a whole bunch of games against every team and the team with the best record at the end is the best. Right now baseball is the only professional sport that comes close to doing just this and any further teams making the playoffs just dilute the regular season further.

Well, in this country, anyway.

CLUBHOUSE KID
04-21-2011, 09:29 PM
NOT a fan

TommyJohn
04-21-2011, 09:49 PM
Look on the bright side everyone! Now the Red Sox and Yankees are guaranteed to make it every year!

Dibbs
04-21-2011, 09:51 PM
Considering the fact that the White Sox are not the type of team to make the playoffs regularly, this is a good thing for us fans. It will give us more chances.

WhiteSox5187
04-21-2011, 10:13 PM
Look on the bright side everyone! Now the Red Sox and Yankees are guaranteed to make it every year!

That is another reason why they are doing this

TheOldRoman
04-21-2011, 10:18 PM
This is ridiculous. I know we joke about the extent to which MLB loves the Red Sox and Yankees, but really, this was 100% brought on because the precious Red Sox missed the playoffs last year. This move is an attempt to assure both teams make it each year.

sox1970
04-21-2011, 10:28 PM
You have to look at it this way...you're not in the playoffs as we know them now until you win the play-in series. That's why they should eliminate divisions, put a premium on being in the top-3 in the league, and make the 4 and 5 seeds play a best-of-3.

It's not set in stone that both the Red Sox and Yankees would be in the top-3, and it's not a guarantee they would win the play-in series. I mean, yeah, they have big payrolls, but it doesn't guarantee them wins in October.

TDog
04-21-2011, 10:45 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/14976052/selig-expects-playoffs-to-expand-to-10-teams-for-2012?ttag=gen10_on_all_fb_na_txt_0001


What Bud wants... the 2 wild cards face off and the division winners will get a couple of days off

Thanksgiving Baseball is at hand

It's interesting that people accuse Selig of being too weak and lacking (their sexism, not mine) testicular fortitude at the same time (usually) others accuse him of strongarming baseball into things they don't like.

Baseball already has two wild card teams too many. If you're gong to have three divisions, you need a wild card team, but it cheapens a sport for a team that wasn't good enough to finish as the best in its division to be crowned as the sport's champion.

I'm not concerned with Thanksgiving baseball. I'm concerned with overinclusive playoffs cheapening the sport.

Bruizer
04-22-2011, 12:04 AM
I like the idea of a one-game play-in between the two wild card teams. Three games would give the three division winners too much time off and extend the season too much.

SI1020
04-22-2011, 09:22 AM
I think it doesn't go far enough. Why not make all 30 teams eligible? You could allow the top team in a each league a bye in the first round, which would pare it down to 16 in the second, making it smooth sailing to the finals. We could then look forward to a WS during the holiday season, and then who would care about the Bowl games? Don't be timid Bud. Go for it.

beasly213
04-22-2011, 11:09 AM
I think it's kinda dumb but whatever I'm not going to freak out about it. However if it helps the Sox make the playoffs in 2012 I will love it. :cool: