Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Only Interesting News From The First Day Of SoxFest

While everybody involved with the White Sox spent yesterday at the Palmer House Hilton reassuring fans that everybody was great and everything was fine, there was really only one tidbit of information that came from the entire day that actually caught my attention.

It wasn't Kenny Williams saying he thought Jake Peavy would be able to pitch over 200 innings next season without breaking out in laughter, either.

No, surprisingly, it came from Bud Selig.

According to Selig, that new playoff format that was a part of the latest collective bargaining agreement -- the one that adds a wild card team in each league -- that wasn't supposed to go into effect until 2013 will be in effect this season.

That's 2012 for the chronologically challenged.

“While I agree with Yogi Berra that it ain’t over til it’s over, I really believe we’ll have the wild card for 2012, this year,” Selig told CSN Chicago. “Clubs really want it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card, this year.

“We’re working on dates right now. That will all take place. It looks to me like we’ll have it because I’ve told everybody that we have it. It’ll be exciting – (a) one-game playoff and start the playoffs out on a very exciting manner.”

As I said in my original post on this subject, I'm not exactly thrilled with the idea of expanding the playoffs. Just seems wrong to me that literally a third of the league will qualify for the postseason every season. Plus, it's somewhat cheap that an entire 162-game season will come to an end in a one-game playoff for two teams to me.

That being said, I'll be watching them.

Plus I suppose it improves the chances the White Sox can make the playoffs this year. So, whatever, I don't like it but I'll get used to it.

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