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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ties might expose Selig's tournament folly.

When Detroit and Minnesota tied for their division lead in 2009, Major Baseball League (MBL) commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig opposed the idea of having an extra wild card team added with a play-in game every year.  This is the third year that the MBL has that extra wild card team and Selig's fans include it in listing his accomplishments.

In 2009 Minnesota defeated Detroit and then was swept in three games by the Yankees in round one of the tournament.  But that extra game was extra exciting and generated interest.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 4:08PM Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Attendance: 54,088, Time of Game: 4:37

Twins 6, Tigers 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
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Tigers 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 12 1

Twins 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 6 12 0

MLB commissioner Bud Selig is a moron! Wednesday, October 7, 2009

... Minnesota's home park was occupied for Monday Night Football on ESPN: Vikings with Brett Favre hosting Favre's former team Green Bay. 21 million people watched that Monday NFL game. MLB decided to have Minnesota play Detroit on Tuesday at 5PM ... on TBS. Not Fox. Not even ESPN. TBS, which is carrying MLB division playoff series. Not in prime time, after 8PM. 5PM on nothing cable channel TBS. Minnesota beat Detroit in 12 innings in case you missed it.

This morning I happened to see Selig interviewed on TV. No, not NBC's Today show. Not even ESPN. On a simulcast of ESPN radio.

Way to go Bud, getting your sport covered!

Then this moron has the nerve to praise himself for what a great idea he had in creating the stupid MLB wild card playoff system...


So now Minnesota flops into the playoffs with 87 wins to play the Yanks who won 103. Hey, Texas won 87, why isn't Texas in the playoffs? Oops, Texas finished second in AL West. Nice system, Buddy. Making it even worse is stupid inter-league play. Yanks play Mets six times. Yanks have been good each of those seasons. How is that fair to the Mets? Most teams play teams in the other league only three times. And why should the Yanks with 16 more regular season wins than Minnesota risk its season in a five game series with only one more home game as reward for the far better regular season record?
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Selig cannot imagine changes to playoff system. Thursday, October 8, 2009

During yesterday's ill fated interview on ESPN radio MLB commissioner Bud Selig was asked about adding another wild card team. He's stuck in old thinking. Buddy said

- no team wanted to shorten the regular season
- players did not want a single play-in game
- adding another round of playoff games would push the World Series well into November.

November baseball: hey, more rain and cold. MLB does not seem to care about the comfort of fans attending games now so why not?

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This season could have this:

In the American Conference Oakland and the Angels tie for the best record and the West division, necessitating another extra game to determine the division winner as happened in 2009.  The loser then must host the wild card game against say the Yankees who rested while the West division was being settled.

To make it even more ridiculous let's have Detroit and Kansas City also tie for the Central division and need to play an extra game.  Would Selig schedule both those division championship games on the same day?  If not, then the Yankees get an extra day of rest and, more importantly, the Yankees can line up their starting pitchers while the other four teams are burning theirs.   Unless, of course, Oakland and/or the Angels think it's better to dump the division game and save their pitchers for the wild card game and five game division series in round one.

Of course, the Yankees might not get any rest if they tie Seattle for the second wild card, which might require the Yankees to fly from Boston, where they finish the regular season, to Seattle and if they win wait to learn their next destination.  There was an extra game played in 2013 between Texas and Tampa for the second wild card.  Tampa won and then went to Cleveland and won.  Tampa then lost to one seed Boston 3 games to 1.  Remember?  Anybody?

Bud, did you think this through at all?

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