The expanded MLB postseason wasn’t supposed to begin until the 2013 season, but because Bud Selig is flapping his wings and a bunch of owners are presumably bursting with excitement over the prospect of a one-game playoff in each league, it’s possible we’ll see the new format implemented for the upcoming season. Here’s Selig:
“It’s pretty definite in my mind. Teams are anxious … It looks to me like we’ll have it because I’ve told everybody we have to have it. It’ll be exciting. One-game playoff, it will start the playoffs in a very exciting manner.”
It sure sounds like a one-game playoff is exactly what we’ll be seeing come this October simply because Bird Selig said so. However, the MLBA is yodeling a bit of a different ballad, with scheduling being an obvious and understandable concern. As the always terrifying Michael Weiner noted, an extra round of playoffs was not taken into consideration when the 2012 schedule was put into place. Nonetheless, the two sides are discussing the matter and, according to Weiner, a decision can be expected in the next month or so.
Based on quotes from both sides, it seems likely that Selig and Weiner will figure out a way to squeeze it in, but it still feels a little odd to be discussing a change to the postseason format just two months shy of the upcoming season, though I suppose that’s still a healthier experience than incessant whining over a seemingly never-ending lockout.
[via USA Today]