While Bud Selig and the MLB commission work on a plan for the expansion of the MLB playoffs from 8 to 10 teams, players continue to voice their opposition. The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants had several players speak out against adding 1 more team in each league (NL, AL) to compete for the wild card spot in the divisional series.
Giants ace pitcher, Tim Lincecum, pointed out that teams go through a grueling 162 game process to make it to the playoffs and those who make it are deserving of a legitimate shot at winning 11 games and hoisting up the World Series trophy.
“It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally I don’t know where his head is at…It doesn’t seem right to me…Players like it the way it is, it’s dog-eat-dog. People know they need to win 11 games to win the World Series…Nobody wants to have to worry, ‘Oh Fuck, now I’ve got another fucking team in the fucking mix. Now we have to worry about what that takes and what they’re going to do.’ What if the [second] wild-card team is not deserving of getting in?
Timmy also questioned Selig’s motives by saying,
“Personally I think it’s kind of funky, just because the game has been this way for so long. Why mess it up, other than for monetary purposes, and that’s probably what (Selig) is looking at. That’s like, ‘OK, don’t worry about us as human beings or players.”
In addition to Lincecum, Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Cody Ross all voiced their opposition to playoff expansion by pointing out the flaws in sports like Hockey and Basketball where half the league makes the playoffs. I could not agree more with the Giants stars and believe that Baseball is America’s pastime for a reason. It a classic and constant thing which fans and players enjoy for those exact reasons. If you start adding series and giving teams breaks and the whole flow of the game will change.
Big ups to the Giants for voicing their opinions…be sure to check back at 756sports for more coverage as this idea of playoff expansion in the MLB unfolds.