Hey, it turns out that Mike Scioscia wasn't the only baseball man who thought this year's postseason schedule was screwy. Bud Selig does, too!
- "We're going to change it," Selig said. "I don't disagree with Mike Scioscia. I think he was right, so we're going to try and tighten that up."
Selig said he's still working on details for the new postseason format.
"When you plan the playoff schedule, you don't know how many games the first round would go. So it's difficult," he explained. "There were clubs that sat around. Some were necessary, but some were not."
Starting in 2007, baseball added four extra days off during the postseason at the request of its television partners, shifting the World Series opener to Wednesday from Saturday, usually the lowest-rated night of the week.
Well, you can consider me guardedly optimistic. You can't change anything without commissioner Bud's enthusiastic approval, so this would seem to be a lovely first step. But I will note for the record that: a) Selig has promised to do things before that didn't get done; and 2) don't the TV networks call the shots on this one?
At least one of the current TV contracts runs through 2013. Is Selig saying he'll change it five years from now, when he's 80? Or is he saying that he'll slap Fox and TBS, and they'll take it and like it? Stay tuned ...