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One-Game Playoff Format? Really?

Is this guy crazy, or crazy like a fox? Certainly not like a Fox. Can't imagine TV liking this idea. Anyway, we throw it out there because it's November, and this is what November is for.

From the Associated Press:

Lew Wolff has a way to shorten baseball's postseason: Make the first round best-of-one.
"I'd make it one-game-and-you're-out for the first series," the Oakland Athletics owner said Wednesday. "It would be exciting. It would be great."
Begun in 1995, the division series has been a best-of-five competition. Some people have advocated it be expanded to best-of-seven, matching the league championship series and the World Series. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has repeatedly said he favors the current format.
Wolff said he hasn't brought up his concept with Selig.
"No, I'm afraid to do that," he said.
Under the current format, Game 7 of the World Series wouldn't be until Nov. 5 next year. Selig said during this year's World Series that the postseason has too many off days, but shortening it appears to be impossible if Major League Baseball sticks to having the World Series start on a Wednesday, a schedule that began in 2007.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 19, 2008; 2:06 PM ET
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Reduce the marathon that is the baseball season to a sprint? I think not. It's a lousy idea.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | November 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What is the point of playing 162 games to determine the best teams for the playoffs, only to booby trap the process? The best teams in baseball only win 60 percent of the time... Pit two .600 teams against each other, and this is only slightly better than a coin flip.

Posted by: wigi | November 19, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Lew needs to spend a little more time getting his stadium built in Fremont and a little less time pontificating about playoff structure.

Besides, less playoff revenue is less money the A's would make in revenue sharing.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 19, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

So the Boz flame-fest was pulled down? Too bad. As I said, the post did what a post should do - take a position, provoke comment. I even was checking back to see how it was going. The tone was a bit tough, though.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 19, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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