I’m not for expanding postseason baseball.
At least, not with additional Wild Cards.
Doesn’t mean I’m a purist. Doesn’t mean I’m not open for suggestion.
It’s just that I like significant importance tied to the regular season.
Is that too much to ask?
A meaningful regular season works well for the NFL, which is the gold standard other professional sports leagues model themselves after. So why should baseball be any different, especially for a league playing a whopping 162 games?
Keep adding playoff teams and you’ve got a regular season as meaningful as the NCAA’s basketball schedule (Which reminds me, there are actually more teams heading up March Madness in 2011). Ridiculous, but another story for another time.
Anyway, the good news is Bud Selig jumping into baseball’s think tank.
It seemingly doesn’t happen often enough, or long enough, but lately, Selig and friends have helped push baseball further out of the Dark Ages.
The regular season is beginning sooner.
The World Series will again be played in October, not November.
Instant reply is under further examination, too.
Now, if we could only get Opening Day games played in warm weather markets and World Series games ending before 1:30am EST!
One day, perhaps, baseball sorts this whole mess out.
In the meantime, however, it’s business as usual.
Slow, steady and follow the football leaders.