When it comes to expanded playoffs, I think I need to come up with a catchy expression and call it “Blutarsky’s Rule”. In the meantime, here’s one of the more naked statements about expansion you’ll ever read:
“I think the more teams you have in it, the month of September will obviously be more meaningful,” said Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston, Selig’s onetime No. 2. “The minuses — two of them obviously are the integrity of the schedule and the history of the game, where you know the best teams always moved forward. But we really crossed that bridge, didn’t we, when we went from two teams to four teams, and then four teams to eight teams? So that bridge has been crossed. I’ve changed. I could add more teams.”
They’ll try to tell you it’s for the fans – “It’s all about postseason baseball. That’s what fans like,” Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. – but we all know whom it’s really meant to benefit.
… While Selig hasn’t ruled out proposing the change for 2011, nearly all baseball officials say the extra round of playoffs would likely start in 2012. If Selig decides to go ahead, owners would have to endorse the plan, baseball’s television partners would have to receive it positively and the players’ association would have to agree. Union head Michael Weiner says players are open to the idea.
If the fans say yes, but “baseball’s television partners” say otherwise, anybody think expansion is a go?
Putting it in a NSFW way…