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DaaBoTownSox
11-19-2009, 01:18 AM
CHICAGO (AP) -- Baseball plans to cut down on off days during the postseason next year.

Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday he's working on tightening up the 2010 playoff schedule so there will be fewer gaps between games.

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia criticized the current format after the Yankees and Angels played only eight times in 20 days going into Game 6 of the AL championship series.

"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."

Selig also said he would continue to discuss instant replay, but it's not expected to be a major topic when owners have a full meeting Thursday morning even though there were several missed calls by umpires during the postseason.

In the past, Selig has resisted the idea of expanded video replay. Under the current system, it is used only to judge if home runs have cleared the fence or are fair or foul.

"I'm going to talk to a lot of people. I haven't changed my view at all, but I'm always willing to talk to a lot of people and I've talked to a lot of managers and I've talked to a lot of general managers," Selig said. "I haven't heard from anybody about instant replay. The only comments I get are when I call somebody on a bunch of subjects and we talk about it."

Selig said he's still working on details for the new postseason format.

"When you plan the playoff schedule, you don't know how many games the first round would go. So it's difficult," he explained. "There were clubs that sat around. Some were necessary, but some were not."

Starting in 2007, baseball added four extra days off during the postseason at the request of its television partners, shifting the World Series opener to Wednesday from Saturday, usually the lowest-rated night of the week.

The economic disparity between payrolls for some of the large-market teams -- such as the New York Yankees -- and smaller ones will always be an issue, Selig said.

A salary cap might bridge the disparity between the large-market and small-market teams, but Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said there are other ways to address competitive balance. Or imbalance.

"For example, by changing the draft," he said. "Pretty much in the other sports the best players go to the worst teams. That doesn't always seem to happen in our sport. I think if we can adjust things so that happens that would help."

At a meeting last week, general managers discussed factoring postseason performance into draft position, meaning the World Series winner would pick last. Drafting foreign players could also be a consideration, but that would be subject to collective bargaining.

"I don't know what the mechanics of that would be. Right now, really international is somewhat freeform," Attanasio added.

Under the current system, players outside the United States are not subject to the draft. They are free agents eligible to sign with any team.

Selig favors restructuring the draft, too.

"I've said it: We need a worldwide draft and we need a slotting system. There's no secret about that. It's fair," Selig reiterated.

Revenue sharing was discussed during committee meetings Wednesday.

On another subject, Selig said he's not worried about the ownership situation with the Los Angeles Dodgers that has become messy after Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie McCourt, separated. After she was fired as the team's chief executive, Jamie McCourt filed for divorce and said she would like to buy the club.

"Look, the Dodgers are in good hands," Selig said. "There's no reason to get into any debate about what's going to happen. The Dodgers are going to be in L.A. for as long as any of us are alive and many generations after."

During a dinner Wednesday night, owners were to welcome Tom Ricketts and his family as new owners of the Chicago Cubs.

"Every franchise is different. Asset values are very important -- they're very important to me, they're very important to these 30 people," Selig said. "But the Cubs are a very, very unique franchise. I mean there's no question about it -- Wrigley Field and the Cubs and everything about it."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/11/18/owners.meetings.ap/index.html

vigilantex69
11-19-2009, 01:37 AM
I dunno man, I have always felt that baseball playoffs were the only thing thats done right. 4 teams from each league, and it take about a month to get through normally. A little longer with the World Series. Not like basketball or hockey where half the effing conference makes the playoffs then we start with seven game ********. It takes 3 months to get through the playoffs!

CAIN=FUTURE
11-19-2009, 01:45 AM
Good job Selig!

natepro
11-19-2009, 03:13 AM
Good. So many days off was ridiculous.

todu82
11-19-2009, 09:51 AM
Good job by Selig. Enough with these long breaks in the playoffs.

JWalk126
11-19-2009, 11:55 AM
about time...

I was going to post the FoxSports link to an article about this, but it's the exact same article....

MooseWithFleas
11-19-2009, 12:41 PM
Thank god!!! Now if only Stern took the same advice for the absurd NBA Playoffs

I think the most refreshing part of the whole article is the support behind fixing the draft.

TheRuckus
11-19-2009, 12:51 PM
Too many days off is the least of the NBA's worries when it comes to the postseason from everything I've heard.

Not that I care. Basketball bores the ever-loving **** out of me.

MooseWithFleas
11-19-2009, 12:55 PM
Too many days off is the least of the NBA's worries when it comes to the postseason from everything I've heard.

Not that I care. Basketball bores the ever-loving **** out of me.

Don't want to get too off topic, but it is one of the bigger problems. It is a JOKE when the first round takes 2 and a half weeks. In a 7 game series, you should only get days off on travel days, but they get days off EVERY game and sometimes even two or in rare cases three, which is BEYOND absurd.

The other problem is too many teams, with the exception of a few major upsets over the years, the first round is almost a formality. They should really make it 4 teams in each conference, or something different. It is an absolute joke that you can finish below .500 and make the playoffs.

Back on topic, now fix the draft Selig :clap:

Bronxbombers182
11-19-2009, 05:18 PM
It worked in the Yankees favor this year, but I agree this should be done.

Strike89
11-19-2009, 08:06 PM
Good idea for the drafting system as that really needs to be fixed and is the only plausible option that could work right now.

Also great that he's cutting down the number of off days. It was killer waiting between days after a game.

misterd
11-19-2009, 09:12 PM
I don't care how much my team benefited from this schedule. It was rididculous, and I'm glad the broken clock is finally getting the time right.

sofargone
11-19-2009, 09:20 PM
good maybe people will actually watch it next year

MaHaRaJaH
11-20-2009, 01:28 PM
good maybe people will actually watch it next year

Indeed.

Gigantes4Life
11-20-2009, 06:07 PM
Don't want to get too off topic, but it is one of the bigger problems. It is a JOKE when the first round takes 2 and a half weeks. In a 7 game series, you should only get days off on travel days, but they get days off EVERY game and sometimes even two or in rare cases three, which is BEYOND absurd.

The other problem is too many teams, with the exception of a few major upsets over the years, the first round is almost a formality. They should really make it 4 teams in each conference, or something different. It is an absolute joke that you can finish below .500 and make the playoffs.

Back on topic, now fix the draft Selig :clap:

Well, and the fact that like 700 teams make the playoffs in the NBA.

MetsNats1969
11-20-2009, 11:36 PM
The days off ruined the consistency of the play-offs. I applaud Selig for stepping up -- IF he's serious.

JTorre4Prez
11-20-2009, 11:40 PM
There are definetly too many days off. But at the same time, squeezing in 3 games a day during the divisional series really blew.

MooseWithFleas
11-21-2009, 12:32 PM
^ Just bite the bullet and put it on two different networks. TBS obviously wasn't going to compete against themselves, so they staggered it so all 3 games were at different times, WHICH SUCKS. It's very simple... there should be 2 games at 630 and 2 games at 930 (depending on the time zones). If they are all east coast games, then put 2 games at 530 and 2 games at 830. This ridiculous 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM **** has to stop.

NYY NYJ NYK
11-21-2009, 12:39 PM
good.

ImThatDude
11-21-2009, 12:57 PM
Thank God. So when I go to the parade in Manhattan next year it won't be as cold.

unclemeat
11-21-2009, 10:16 PM
Baseball really needs to get with the times and this is a reasonable start...

MLB games should NOT involve:
- Snow
- Temps below 45F
- the month of November
- post-season end times after 1:30AM EST