Selig 'hopeful' for expanded playoffs in 2012
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Commissioner Bud Selig is "very hopeful" another wild card team from each league will be added this season.
Selig says that a committee formed to work out details of expanding the playoffs from eight teams to 10 is dealing with scheduling issues. Addition of a second wild card in each league would add a one-game play-in between teams with the two best records in each league that are not division winners. Selig says that would mean condensing the overall playoff schedule.
Selig says the committee knows he is an ardent supporter of the concept. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, MLB and the players' union must agree by March 1 whether to add the new round for 2012.
In other news from the owner's meetings:
Selig says Major League Baseball is working "at a rather quick pace" to resolve the proposed move the Oakland Athletics to a proposed new ballpark in San Jose.
Selig says there was a comprehensive presentation on the situation to the owners' executive council on Wednesday. Selig says he doesn't want to get into any details yet but the issue is, in his words, "very much on the front burner."
The A's want to move to San Jose but the San Francisco Giants have had territorial rights to San Jose since 1993. Selig appointed a committee in March 2009 to evaluate the issue facing the Bay Area teams.
MLB owners are putting off approval of sale of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad.
Selig says the MLB ownership committee and executive council unanimously decided to defer action, in his words, "to get more clarity and technical information."
Moorad says he and Selig tried to work out an "11th-hour" agreement to get the matter presented to the full meeting of the 30 owners on Thursday but were unable to do so. He says he respects the process and will work quickly to resolve the issues.
Moorad was a prominent sports agent before becoming a minority owner first with the Arizona Diamondbacks, then with the Padres. His group owns 49 percent of the Padres and is set to buy the remainder from majority owners John Moores.
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