Comments on: Current Playoff Expansion Accomplishes Very Little Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ian Rothermund Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:26:00 +0000 I guess the problem that I have with this is that you can have a wild card team that finishes less than 5 games behind the division winner, and they could lose out on going to the playoffs to a team that they beat out by 5-10 games.  It just doesn’t seem as though it’s fair to limit it to a one game playoff.  In that way, it seems as though they’re marginalizing the results and therefore necessity of the regular season.

I do like your idea of expanding the playoff, however, Tim.  I just think this idea that they have here is just stupid and worse than what’s already in place.  Gotta tell ya Tim, not a big fan of this Selig fellow.

The upside is that none of these decisions have to be permanent, so they can continue to be augmented.  Sometimes it seems as though the decisions that they make are more based off a, let’s throw it at the wall and see if it sticks, kind of mentality, rather than making the obvious, glaring changes.  Maybe an idea for baseball going forward is to limit the number of years that a CBA can be in effect for, and have the Commissioner be an elected position for that general time period.  I suppose under that situation, it would make sense that each new commissioner, if it would in fact be an entirely new one, be in place before the CBA talks started.

For instance, and I’m just pulling this out right now, have a CBA and commissioner term both be 6 years.  However, have the commish election 2 years before the CBA is up, or even three, then making it every 3 years where there’s either a vote for a new commissioner or CBA.

By: ecbucs Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:56:00 +0000 I believe I read that a payroll of $87 million will be about the median payroll for 2012.

I guess it is more than just payroll but a matter of total resources for teams and that imbalance reflects what teams can spend on payroll.

The extra team does help give teams like the Blue Jays and Orioles to contend for something in September.

I’m not sure that a one game playoff is fair but don’t want to lengthen season too long either.