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Baseball to expand postseason?

As the San Franscico Giants and Texas Rangers get set to do battle in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, baseball is thinking about expanding the postseason.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig appears to be increasingly in favor of proposing more playoff teams during collective bargaining with the union next year, which will determine the postseason format for 2012 and beyond.

“We have less teams than any other sport,” he said last month. “We certainly haven’t abused anything.”

In the NFL, 12 of 32 teams make the playoffs. In the NBA and NHL, 16 of 30 teams advance to the postseason.

The first round series have been best-of-five since they began. It’s possible they could follow the path of the league championship series, which began as best-of-five in 1969, then expanded to best-of-seven in 1985.

The regular season would be shortened from 162 games to a managable 154, ending the regular seaon to somewhere in mid-September. Personally, I like the idea of expanding the postseason and I like how it would probably be set up:

* The 1st and 2nd seeded teams from the American and National Leagues would have bye weeks until the first scheduled LDS game, which would be expanded from a best of five to a best of seven series. The two no.1 seeds would have homefield advantage throught the playoffs.

* The 3rd and 4th seeds from each league would play the two Wild Card Teams in a best of five. The 3rd and 4th seeds would host the first 2 games at home.

There are still some problems that i'm sure I haven't thoguht of about this structure, but on paper, it looks like a winner. What say the GLB community?

This FanPost was written by a member of the Gaslamp Ball community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Gaslamp Ball managers or SB Nation.

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