Postseason expansion is most likely going to baseball, but not as soon as next season, or at leas that’s the impression commissioner Bud Selig gave when he spoke to reporters before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.
“I don’t know yet,” Selig said when asked if an expanded postseason could come in 2012. “I think that might be a little optimistic, but I don’t know yet.”
As for the idea of two more wild card teams, hearing Selig talk, it sounds like it’s nearly a done deal. When asked what he thought about those talking about expanded replay, Selig chuckled—“Since I’m the guy, I guess, I don’t want to be too critical of me.”
...• On the use of the pitch tracker on TV broadcast: ” Well, it’s part of the world we live in. They do that in all sports now and different things. I really am not critical of that. If I were them, I guess I’d do the same thing.”
He added, “I keep asking people how accurate those zones are and I get different answers from different baseball people. But, a lot of competition out there, a lot of things. So I can’t blame them for doing that, I really can’t.”
• On standardizing the designated hitter: “So we’ve done this 39 years. And I’ll say it again, it would take some overall big event that maybe would force people to make a decision. But right now the National League guys don’t like it. The American League does like it. And that doesn’t bother me at all.
“Somehow on a great night of irony, that one League has one rule—and remarkably the fate of western civilization hasn’t been changed.”