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Bud Selig expects expanded playoffs to begin this season

Jan 28, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

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We’re just a little over two months away from the start of the 2012 season, but we still have no confirmation on when the expanded playoff format will take effect. Commissioner Bud Selig aims to change that real soon.

According to Jim Owczarski of, Selig was in attendance at SoxFest on Friday night to present an award to White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and said that he still expects a second wild-card team to be added to each league this season.

“While I agree with Yogi Berra that it ain’t over til it’s over, I really believe we’ll have the wild card for 2012, this year,” Selig said. “Clubs really want it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card, this year.

“We’re working on dates right now. That will all take place. It looks to me like we’ll have it because I’ve told everybody that we have it. It’ll be exciting – (a) one-game playoff and start the playoffs out on a very exciting manner.”

The new 10-team playoff format would begin with a one-game playoff between the two wild-card teams in each league. MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement specifies that expanded playoffs will begin by 2013, but Selig has been vocal about his desire for the changes to begin as soon as possible.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that there are still some schedule quirks to work out, such as leaving room for potential tie-breaker scenarios, but the plan calls for union and management officials to resume discussions on the logistics early next week.

  1. yettyskills - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Stan Kroenke is going to be the next owner of the Dodgers, take it to the bank

    • yettyskills - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:49 AM

      LOL wrong story
      Ya expanded playoffs?

    • bsputnik - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      He probably won’t be. He owns the Rams and since LA will have an NFL team soon, it would be ill advised to buy the Dodgers. He would either have to sell them or the Rams soon.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    what a joke, pretty soon MLB will be like the NHL and NBA, it will be easier to say who didnt make the playoffs instead of saying who did. Thanks a lot bud for making the regular season almost worthless

    • andrebeingandre16 - Jan 28, 2012 at 4:07 AM

      I have to disagree. 10 of 30 isnt bad. Plus a one game playoff barely makes you a playoff team IMO. Also only 8 teams will play in a series like it is now. I would consider the playoffs starting after the play in game.

    • Old Gator - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      I have a terrific idea. Let’s scrap the regular season altogether and have a 30-team, 182-game playoff first round that begins in April…

      • Old Gator - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        …oh actually, better yet – let’s do this British Backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball Premier League style, and make it a 24-team 182-game playoff series with the last-place team from each division disqualified from the following year’s playoffs!

      • Old Gator - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        …oh. Um…er…let me retool that little bit. Bud! Let’s form a committee to work on this proposal…

  3. buffalomafia - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    You have to have expanded playoffs because the current way some teams are out of the race by May which makes baseball boreing!

    Start first round with one game playoff.

    Second round best of three

    Third round best of five

    Then best of seven

    Then they should start baseball games @ a decent time where you can watch whole game including the kids! This shit starting games so late where you cant finish watching them cause you have to work or go to school the next day!

    • paperlions - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      First of all, no teams are out if by May that weren’t already out of in spring training.

      Second, 3 game series are a dumb way to decide who moves on because in baseball the smaller the sample size the more luck will play into who “wins” the series. Is that really what people want in their playoff format?

      The one game play-off is the single dumbest idea put forth by MLB in a long time.

      • Kyle - Jan 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        This. This. This.

      • bsputnik - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        The Pirates are out of it by May 😦

  4. Gonzo - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    What time do you want them to start? Back in the day, playoff games started at 1pm, which is school time for all kids under 18. And work time for working adults. Let’s face it: 8pm east coast time is the perfect time for the entire country.

    • megary - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      I’d shoot for 7 PM EST (or maybe 7:30). I like the idea of East coast kids getting a better chance of seeing the end of a game then the downfall of west coast kids missing the first 2 innings. Heck, left coasters are fashionalby late anyway :).

      There’s no perfect solution, but the more people tuned in at the end seems a better way to go.

  5. Walk - Jan 28, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    I am sorry you are bored by that time of the season. For me it is the most exciting part of the year. The playoff pictures begin to crystalize, then a big trade shifts it on its axis. A team out of the playoff picture may pick up future stars or pieces they need for a future playoff run. The stars of tommorow are called up and we get our first looks. There should be something to watch on even the worst teams. Aging veterans final games, the old managers marking their final line up cards, the new faces replacing players who were traded. I cannot help but get excited.

  6. askabutcher - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Instead of expanded playoffs in 2012, I’d rather see expanded replay.

  7. leftywildcat - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    One league will have a 3 way tie for that 5th slot. Then we’ll have a rain delay or two. Then we’ll have aggravated teams and networks and fans.

    Memo to Bud the Dud: It’s the National Pasttime, stupid. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. You should have retired.

    • crisisjunky - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      and one game suspended due to emptied bullpens…..

  8. tashkalucy - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    And the Red Sox still won’t make it.


  9. seahawks80 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    The Red Sox are the reason they want to expand it

    • paperlions - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      No, it isn’t.

      Money is the reason they want it. It will be a new round of the playoffs for them to auction off and they’ll spin it as networks buying a game 7 type of draw for the game.

  10. steelerchicken - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Why not scrap the month of September and go with a 16-team playoff best of 5 series?

  11. woodts - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I like the expanded playoff, I have to agree with the other poster who said the one game wildcard hardly qualifies as a playoff team.

    That being said, I’m looking forward to having a new commissioner some day….

  12. frankenderek - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    How can you let one game decide who gets into the playoffs?!?! That’s why thy play 162!!!!! You’re ruining the game Bud!

  13. sleepyirv - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Yeah, we’ve played 162 games but are we REALLY sure who the best teams are?

  14. timasahh - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I might be on board with this if it were even a three game playoff, but I don’t like the idea of a one game playoff. To me it just seems like another chance for an underdog team to get lucky and then lose in the divisional round. Imagine if your team is in the same conference as say the Yankees/Sox or the Phillies, and you rightfully earn the Wild Card spot with a record better than most other division winners, only to have your playoff hopes dashed by 9 innings against some 75-game winner from the West. The whole point of Baseball’s format, from the regular season through the playoffs, is longevity, and the idea that through longevity the better team will prevail. Sudden death should only occur during unique playoff clinching moments in the regular season, and Game 5’s and 7’s during the playoffs. This is all in my opinion, of course.

  15. randygnyc - Jan 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I am so against the one play off game. Let me give you a scenario.

    The al east has been far ahead of all al teams, record wise, recently. So let’s say the red sox win that division, with the best record in baseball. Let’s say the Yankees lose the division, by 1 game, but they could still be 30 games over .500, and still have a better record than anyone else in all of baseball (except their division winner).

    They could conceivably play that one game wild card playoff against a team that is well below .500. That premise alone makes it unfair. And then to think that game can be decided by one pitch, or injury, or a bad call, makes this one game playoff a real joke to me.

    • tebowspeech - Jan 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      I hate this idea so much – I hope this happens.

      Imagine a 81-81 Seattle Mariners team knocking out a 99-63 Yankees team in a one game playoff. Instead of a potential YANKS-SOX ALCS, baseball would get the lowly Mariners getting bum rushed in the first round because they had to blow King Felix for the one game playoff.

  16. buffalomafia - Jan 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Joe Torre new commissioner?

  17. kjt929 - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM


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