Written by The Staff
Friday, 13 October 2006 10:45
Commissioner Selig said today that in the off-season he would consider changes to the postseason format next year. One facet of the postseason that will most likely not be changing will be the 5 game format for the Division Series.
Matters that Selig said he would consider:
- He would like to see at least one World Series game played during the day.
- To place some advantages back into winning a respective Division, give Wild Card teams less home games in the postseason.
- On cutting the season down to 154 games: "I'm a devotee of the 154-game season, but nobody wants to cut the regular season," he said. "I don't see it."
Major League Baseball has the chance to re-examine the postseason schedule next year because the new television contract mandates that the World Series start on Tuesday, rather than a weekend.
As a result, three additional off-days probably will be inserted into either the playoffs or regular season. That would give baseball a chance to expand the first round -- as it stands, however, officials seem to be leaning toward adding a travel day between Games 4 and 5.
Selig touted the Wild Card as a great addition to the game, however, he added that going to 8 playoff teams was out of the question, at this time.
"I can't imagine, given the abuse I took, that anybody can imagine this sport without wild cards," he said. "The only question I get now is, 'Why aren't there more?"'