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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 24 October 2008 08:06
Commissioner Selig is working to get the postseason shortened by as many as 2 or 3 days next year by cutting out off days in-between games and series.

Selig said he was concerned about how the weather might impact matters given that a World Series Game 7 would start on Nov. 5, based on the April 5 regular season start. As reported by The AP:

"We've got to look at trying to -- maybe not having so many off days and days when you have only one game," Selig said at Tropicana Field before Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night.

Other topics that Selig discussed yesterday:

• With rain predicted for Philadelphia on Saturday, when Game 3 is scheduled, Selig said he had been watching The Weather Channel. "They're going to get rain. The question is, when and how long? It's pretty tough to estimate," he said.

• Selig had a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday with baseball's bankers. "I spent more time talking to them about their problems," he said.

• Teams have contacted Selig since he said Oct. 4 that they should not "get too cocky" and overprice tickets for next year given the economy. "Since then I've had a lot of owners call wanting to know if I was talking about them," he said. "I think we have to be extremely sensitive. This is really a tough time in this country."

• MLB still hasn't heard from the Chicago Cubs about whether they are close to a deal to sell the franchise. "Obviously, the ball is in their court," he said. "We are waiting to hear, and we have not heard."

• Selig hopes the divorce of Padres owner John Moores and his wife, Becky, won't result in a reduction of the team's payroll. "I don't think John or Becky want it to affect the Padres. They both love the Padres," he said. The Moores even fought about access to the owner's box at Petco Park last season. "Somebody once told me that you think you've seen everything, but you haven't. That falls under that classification," Selig said.

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