When the general managers met this past week, only the 30 managers were allowed in the discussions, no assistants, meaning they meant business. They had many issues on their agenda's, but so did Bud Selig, when they all met on the Wednesday.
There has been talk for weeks about expanded the playoffs by 2 teams, but will this actually happen? Selig loves the idea, his committee, lead by Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa, love it, the GM's love it, now the players must go for it, and quickly.
Selig wants this to happen, and happen real quickly. The owners want it done as well, only the CBA isn't up until December of next year, so it looks like it could work for the 2012 season unless the players can all agree to change the agreement over the next month, and that might happen.
Under the new arrangement, 2 wild-card teams from each division will be added. They will play either a 3-game series, or 1-game (winner take all game) and those game(s) against the other wild card winner the day after the season is over. That winner will go on to the ALDS/NLDS series which will still be a best-of-5.
If this was the case this past season, here's how the playoffs would have looked.
(CHICAGO WOULD HAVE BEEN 1 GAME OUT, TORONTO WOULD HAVE BEEN 4)
(ST. LOUIS WOULD HAVE BEEN 4 GAMES OUT)
So, the Yankees and Red Sox could have possibly played a 1-game, winner take all game to decide the wild card, and the Padres would have made it after leading the division almost the entire season.
It gives all teams, including the Blue Jays, Indians, Cubs and even the Pirates a fighting chance, as teams feeling there in the playoff mix would think differently all season, thus, teams would be thinking different when making player transactions, trades, etc...the trade deadline would be interesting as well, probably less deals, but one never knows.
Lets hope this happens sooner rather than later.
Teams that would have made it: WC=Wild Card
2009: Boston WC other team Texas / Colorado WC other team SF
2008: Boston WC other team Yankees (TOR would have been 3 games behind NY) / Milwaukee WC other team Mets
2007: Yankees WC other team Detroit (TOR would have been 5 games behind Tigers) / Colorado WC other team San Diego
2006: Detroit WC other team White Sox (TOR would have been 3 games behind Chicago) / San Diego WC other team LA Dodgers
2005: Yankees WC other team Boston / Houston WC other team Philadelphia
2004: Boston WC other team Oakland / Houston WC other team San Fran
2003: Boston WC other team Seattle / Florida WC other team Houston
2002: Angels WC other team Boston / San Fran WC other team Dodgers.