Bud Selig: Baseball playoffs likely to expand to 10 teams in 2012

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Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that baseball playoffs could very well expand to 10 teams as early as next season.

“I would say we’re moving to expanding the playoffs, but there’s a myriad of details to work out,” Selig said during his annual meeting with Associated Press sports editors. “Ten is a fair number.”

The matter is subject to collective bargaining with the players’ association.

If expansion occurs, a new wild-card round would be introduced, with two wild-card teams in each league playing each other and the winners advancing to the following round against division winners. Selig said the scheduling of the additional round, including how many games it would be, is a major issue in the discussions.


But, he said, “the more we’ve talked about it, I think we’re moving inexorably to that.’

Selig also said Barry Bonds will remain in the record books as the all-time leader in career (762) and single-season (73) home runs even after after last week’s obstruction of justice verdict.

“In life there’s always got to be pragmatism,” Selig said. “I think that anybody who understands the sport understands exactly why.”


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.