From LoHud and NEW YORK (AP)
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig expects the playoffs to expand from eight teams to 10 for the 2012 season.
Selig went public last fall with his support for expanded playoffs, and the matter is subject to collective bargaining with the players’ association.
“I would say we’re moving to expanding the playoffs, but there’s a myriad of details to work out,” Selig said Thursday at his annual meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. “Ten is a fair number.”
Selig said scheduling is the major issue of discussion, including how many games the new wild-card round will be. The two wild cards in each league would meet, and the winners would advance to the following round against division winners.
“The more we’ve talked about it, I think we’re moving inexorably to that,” he said.
I hate it. You have a 162 game season to separate the wheat from the chaff, and because there are three divisions, you still get teams like the 2006 Cardinals. You have no doubleheaders because of $$$, and you have a season beginning in March (31st) and possibly a WS ending in November. It’s ridiculous.
But Selig’s commissionership has done nothing but dilute the game (I hate the wild card) and look the other way when it came to PEDs. His tenure saw the 1994 strike and the PED era. But like other long-time commissioners, he’ll probably make the HOF one day, right next to Bowie Kuhn. Meanwhile Jake Ruppert and Marvin Miller aren’t in. And the day they put Bud in, I’ll be upchucking into my toilet.
This isn’t football. God knows the NBA and NHL playoffs are a two-month joke because there are too many teams. I hate seeing mediocrity rewarded. I hate .500 teams making the playoffs, no matter what the sport. 8-8 NFL teams should stay home. Yes, I know about Seattle over the Saints last year. The Seahawks should have stayed home. 40-42 NBA teams should be packing their bags, as should 85-77 MLB teams. There are too many teams making up March Madness.
Rewarding mediocrity and dumbing down. Good for the coffers but integrity is lost.
Then you have idiot broadcasters comparing postseason records of today to the WS only records of yesterday. Like I said, integrity of the game. Like Manny Ramirez’ postseason HR equals Mickey Mantle’s WS only HR. Idiots.
But then, I’ve always regarded Selig as a joke.
Watered-down anything doesn’t go well. Give me the real thing. Give me integrity.