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Tim Lincecum doesn’t like the idea of expanded playoffs

Apr 25, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT


I’d “quote of the day” this, but it came from a different day. Last week, in fact, after Bud Selig announced that expanded playoffs are an inevitability. Here’s Tim Lincecum:

“It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally, I don’t know where his head is at. Players like it the way it is. It’s dog-eat-dog. People know they need to win 11 games to win the World Series.”

Just worth throwing out there because, as he often does, when Selig officially announces that the playoffs will be expanded, he will claim the existence of a total consensus on the idea.  That claim will be false, and the dissenters won’t be limited to cranky bloggers. Players understand the inherent unfairness of a one-game playoff if that’s the form it takes. They also dislike multiple days off, as division winners will face in the event the expanded format is a multi-game series between the wild cards.

By the way: I came across that quote in a good piece by Jim Litke of the Associated Press contrasting Selig’s handling of the expanded playoffs with his decision to leave Barry Bonds’ records in tact.  I think Litke’s explanation of the inherent pragmatism in Selig’s approach to Bonds is the best I’ve seen and I recommend it.

  1. tomemos - Apr 25, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    “Intact,” not “in tact” (though I feel like there’s almost a pun here)

  2. florida76 - Apr 25, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Don’t have a problem with the extra wild card team, as long as no other wild cards are added. Since baseball has the dumbest economic system around with no signs of fairness in the future, this move will help the lower revenue teams.

    • Reflex - Apr 25, 2011 at 4:18 PM

      As long as by ‘dumbest economic system’ you mean the one that produces nearly the same number of playoff teams(like 2 fewer in the past two decades) and the same number of different championship winners as the ‘leader’ in parity, the NFL. Just checking if thats the dumbest economic system you mean. Cause, you know, from where I’m standing it seems to produce reasonable results.

      If you want ‘dumb economic system’ try European soccer/football. When elite teams can’t have all the money they simply quit thier league and start new ones they can dominate.

  3. dasher521 - Apr 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    NO, to expanded playoffs! The season needs to be shortened as it is. Playoffs should be shortened by eliminating all travel days wit the exception of West Coast to East Coast travel. Travel days change the “rules” the entire regular season has been played under. The team with the best five person staff makes it through the marathon. Then playoffs begin and teams only use their top three or four starters. The World Series should never be in a position to be snowed out.

    • spudchukar - Apr 25, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      Dash, I believe the expanded play-off system might actually help mimic the regular season. If it is a 3 game play-off, at least, let’s hope, then it may not only shorten time between play-of games it will penalize the wild card teams more, and provide rest to the division winners. I agree with the “slippery slope” fears, but as presented, this may actually be an improvement to the playoffs.

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