Selig working on plan to tighten MLB playoff schedule

Published 3:48 am Thursday, November 19, 2009

CHICAGO — Baseball plans to cut down on off days during the postseason next year.

Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday he’s working on tightening up the 2010 playoff schedule so there will be fewer gaps between games.

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia criticized the current format after the Yankees and Angels played only eight times in 20 days going into Game 6 of the AL championship series.

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“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 also said he would continue to discuss instant replay, but it’s not expected to be a major topic when owners have a full meeting Thursday morning even though there were several missed calls by umpires during the postseason.

In the past, Selig has resisted the idea of expanded video replay. Under the current system, it is used only to judge if home runs have cleared the fence or are fair or foul.

“I’m going to talk to a lot of people. I haven’t changed my view at all, but I’m always willing to talk to a lot of people and I’ve talked to a lot of managers and I’ve talked to a lot of general managers,” Selig said. “I haven’t heard from anybody about instant replay. The only comments I get are when I call somebody on a bunch of subjects and we talk about it.”

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.

The economic disparity between payrolls for some of the large-market teams — such as the New York Yankees — and smaller ones will always be an issue, Selig said.