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Seling wants to tighten up the playoff schedule

Nov 19, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

Bud Selig acknowledged Mike Scioscia’s complaints yesterday regarding there being too many days off during playoffs and agreed that something needs to be done with the schedule. “We’re going to change it,” Selig said. “I don’t disagree with Mike
Scioscia. I think he was right, so we’re going to try and tighten that
up.”

This is overdue. Since caving to FOX’s and TBS’s recent demands that the World Series start on a Saturday and that football days be inviolate, it is now possible and common for teams to have more off days than game days during the playoffs.  There should never be a day off on a non-travel day of an active playoff series. There should never be a situation where there are multiple days off despite the fact that both teams have wrapped up their previous series and are simply waiting around to play one another.

My confidence in Selig to optimize the playoff schedule: low.  But acknowledging how messed up it is now and at least trying to do something about it is as step in the right direction.

  1. Levi Stahl - Nov 19, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    I’m guessing the former problem–days off in the middle of a series–will be an easier one to resolve than the latter, the days off after a pair of quickly concluded series. I think the league is going to need to retain firm start dates for each round no matter how much they want to tighten things up, if only because you know they’re going to want to keep a firm start date for the World Series–which means you’re either going to get your days off earlier, in the case of two teams finishing quickly and waiting around, or later, when _everybody_ around is waiting for date for the World Series opener to arrive.

  2. Darrell - Nov 19, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    I confess that I lost interest in the World Series this year; it just ran too far into the meat of football season. How about curtailing the inter-league schedule a couple games, go to a 160-game schedule, and please schedule playoffs just like the regular season. Then the deeper rotations that earned their way into the playoffs would still be a valid factor; now two hot pitchers can get you to the World Series.

  3. CommonNow - Nov 19, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Darrell is correct. The playoff schedule does not do justice to MLB when the schedule allows teams to ride a couple of hot pitchers. This needs to be addressed quickly.
    As for it overlapping with NFL this is unavoidable and should not have any bearing on the schedule. Heck, there are enough commercial breaks in football that you could watch most the baseball game between them anyways!

  4. Old Gator - Nov 19, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    After championing obscenities like the designated hitter, letting the All Star Game determine homefield advantage for the Series after whole teams play their guts out for six months to post the best season’s record and lose that advantage over a game with which they collectively had nothing to do, and thinking he was making some kind of point to Pete Rose while the alltime hit leader of baseball is running around with 22-year-old hotties and challenging George Burns for the crown of Dirtiest Old Man while Selig needs a special aide to change his Depends, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the Commissioner’s solution was to make all the postseason games seven innings long.

  5. Kage10 - Nov 19, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    They need to shorten the season and the number of games and get playoffs and world series concluded in October. It’s getting too cold in November anyway to be playing baseball. It’s ridiculous. Who cares if it’s overlapping football, but geez, baseball is a summer sport, not winter. Bud Selig won’t get it done though – he doesn’t do anything.

  6. hop - Nov 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Selig is a moron and the worse MLB Comish in the history of the game. Hopefully this fool will resign or die shortly, whatever it takes to get him out of this position before he totally ruins the game

  7. Greg - Nov 19, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    When the Commish does something it usually means a denial or a screw-up. MLB is the only sport where a stupid all star game decides who get home field advantage for the World Series. Mind you the only one. From Little League to NFL,NBA & NHL it is decided by who has the best record at the end. Do you really expect him to stand up to Fox or TBS? He caved on the all star game, because of Fox’s dismal ratings over the boring ass all star game. This guy made 17 million last year, you tell me if he will change anything other than his paycheck going up.

  8. Average - Nov 19, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    One of the problems is not with the number of games in the regular season; it’s with the number of days. Once upon a time teams played double-headers intentionally. You could buy a ticket and sit through both games (which, by the way, was probably shorter than one game is today). So a three game series lasted two days. Also, make both the division and league playoff series best 3-of-5. Oh, my bad; I was thinking of this as a game. It stopped being that when they split the leagues up into divisions. Never mind.

  9. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 19, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    One of the problems is not with the number of games in the regular season; it’s with the number of days. Once upon a time teams played double-headers intentionally. You could buy a ticket and sit through both games (which, by the way, was probably shorter than one game is today).

    And subway tokens cost five cents, and minorities couldn’t play baseball, and women couldn’t vote, etc. Just because things used to be a certain way, doesn’t make them better.

  10. EvilEmpirE2009 - Nov 19, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    FOX RULES BASEBALL, LAST YEAR BUD SAID IN A INTERVIEW THAT BASEBALL WOULD HAVE TO GET SOME DAY GAMES IN THE WORLD SERIES,A
    FOX EXECUTIVE LATER SAID THEY WILL NOT BE LOOKING INTO DAY GAME’S
    FOR THE WORLD SERIES. HMMMMMMMMMMM, SO WHO IS IN CHARGE,89 YEAR OLD RUPERT MURDOCH. WONDERFUL, THEY SOLD THEIR SOLE TO THE DEVIL HIMSELF.

  11. EvilEmpirE2009 - Nov 19, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    ARE YOU CRAZY THREE OUT OF FIVE, EITHER YOU BEEN
    DRINKING WITH BUDOR YOU ARE 89 YEAR OLD CRAZY OLD MAN.
    DID YOU FORGET TO TAKE YOUR MEDS

  12. The Ghost of Phil Rizzuto - Nov 19, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Just because things used to be a certain way, doesn’t make them better.

    True statement. However, the same also applies to the “new and improved”. The extended playoff format, late start times and unnecessary off days were not introduced to rectify some great wrong like the exclusion of non-white players. They were accepted as the price for getting top dollar from the networks. There’s nothing stopping Selig and the owners from taking less money from the networks in return for more control over the scheduling of post-season games. Think it will happen? Neither do I.

  13. custom made t shirts - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    I was a little disappointed about the Super Bowl outcome? What do you guys think? Because I am Pissed I love the colts!

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