MLB PTI reacts to Major League Baseball's plan to expand the playoffs to 16 teams in 2020
In a test conducted two days ago, wilbon, what does this news mean for the gnats and for baseball at large? Well, tony, you know i’m, not picking the nets. Now i mean i, i was looking for some reason to say: okay nationals repeat, but all i’ve heard from you for a year now is desoto is the best player on the nationals, maybe not a year because he wasn’t last year. I get that, but he is now you’ve been telling me that this offseason okay, so if i don’t know what his status is and it’s a shortened season dramatically shorter, like 37, you know of the games, i i can’t pick the nationals, i mean i’m. Looking at. I i i every year i get frustrated and tired of people picking the dodgers and the dodgers don’t come through, and so i wind up making fun of the dodgers. You know, even though i know and love the owners of the dodgers i’m not going to make fun of the dodgers i’m going to pick the dodgers too. I just i like the aggression you know in which they said we’re we’re in this to win it every year, we’re gon na try our damnedest every single time out. I love that from the dodgers i’m picking them to win and sorry, because i know that that means the nationals wouldn’t even get to the world series.
If that’s the case, let me go back to juan soda for a second.
He is their best everyday player. Anthony rendon was anthony, rendon left to go to the angels he’s their best everyday player. He played on monday night. He played on tuesday night. He got the result of a positive test after he had played on tuesday. This means that every nationals player is at risk every single one because they were around him. Okay now i know there are protocols in place, but when i first heard this news i thought well, maybe baseball would postpone the game. Then aaron boone the manager of the yankees, and i thought that because you now put the yankees at risk because you don’t know who’s got it on the gnats, but aaron boone said we are ready to go so clearly there are protocols. Clearly there are rules. I’M, a little bit surprised by it and mike this is this is the important thing they’re not in a bubble in baseball. This is what we’re going to face, probably at least once a week, and maybe more than that – and i was so optimistic about baseball and again mike it comes back to the virus. Everything we’ve done for months on this show comes back to the virus. Tony, the nhl and nba are in a bubble and while you think the bubble has a better chance of working, you don’t know because people can get out of the bubble, not just in theory but practically speaking.
They could and come back and bring the virus back and you’ve got that, even with a bubble without a bubble, baseball and football.
As recently as oh yesterday, i kept saying – and i know it’s a broken record and people are tired of it – i’m, tired of saying it we don’t know this is a now a case of we don’t know not just we don’t know about today. We don’t know about the nationals going forward if this is more widespread than their best fair, and you know what it may not be widespread at all it may not. This could just be uh a speed bump, but we don’t know that we are in this uncharted territory, tony and that’s, how we start this baseball season. So my point is that i was looking forward to talking about a baseball season yeah and why, in a short season, you need starting pitching and you need a deep bullpen and all of these baseball things and once again, boom. The rug comes out and we talk about the virus that’s right, that’s, all there’s, a developing subplot to opening night tony. The players have agreed to expand the playoff field from 10 teams to 16 for this season. Just this season, that’s more than half of baseball’s 30 teams tone. Is this an idea you support, so i didn’t think they were going to do this because i thought the players said: oh no, we’re not going to let the owners make any money in expanded, playoffs we’re not going to give it to them and now they’ve.
Given him that, in return for i think 50 million dollars is the report as opposed to 25 million dollars, which was in the pocket earlier, so they doubled it because it’s a good time to be a player in basketball, in football and in baseball, because you got Owners over a barrel look we’re living in, as you say, uncharted territory i’m doing things i’m working in my attic, okay, i’m i’m, not going to any restaurants, i’m walking.
My dog with a mask on things, are different right now i don’t like. Let me get the exact number here. I don’t like the 22 teams back in in the nba, and i don’t like the 24 teams in the playoffs in the nhl, and i don’t like this, but for this year only mike we have to adapt. We have to be willing to do things that we were not willing to do before, and so yes, i will endorse it. Yeah i don’t know. If i endorse it, i’ll take it. I’Ll watch it i’m going to watch sports. I want it right right now. It’S pretty much for me: it’s just golf cause i’m, not watching auto racing i’m watching a little bit of actually tony the bundeslig don’t get me started. I am so when, when baseball puts this out there whatever’s out there we’re gon na watch, i don’t i don’t like it. I don’t want to endorse it. I don’t want more. I don’t need more.
I just need to have some of what we’ve had, and so i don’t see the need for 16 baseball teams, but you know again it’s a one time deal. We think, although tony they’ve been one time, deals before and they’ve become all the time deals, because teams and networks get used to owners and players and networks grow accustomed to increased revenues, and then they don’t go back on these things tony. So i don’t i’m not saying that baseball’s going to stick with 16, but i bet they try to increase it.
Football just increased it. Everybody thinks more is better, even though it’s not here’s what it is: it’s, more money and that’s. What no sport or network can wean itself from so there’s there’s one significant difference. I love the wild card game, the one and done wild card game that’s gone. The first rounds are going to be two three three yeah now this isn’t basketball, where they don’t have as many variables. This is going to be more like hockey to me. I think, you’re going to see more upsets because a pitcher has a bad game and you only have to win two.