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Manfred Promotion Puts Him In Line To Succeed Selig As MLB Commissioner
Published October 1, 2013
SOMETHING WILD: In DC, Thomas Boswell writes MLB in the second year of its expanded 10-team playoff "may have found a formula that brings out the best (and worst) in teams." Boswell writes: "Call it Bud Selig’s legacy. Some would rather pound their thumb with a hammer than grant praise to the commissioner. ... But the Perfect Postseason may be his jewel." Almost all of MLB "thinks the four-wild-card format is better than the old system, more true to the traditional spirit." Boswell: "What grabs me is the extra energy in September. It simply feels like the new system tends to produce drama" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/1). However, ESPN.com's Doug Glanville wrote under the header, "One-And-Done Playoff Format Wrong." The system "keeps teams in it, and maybe it does magic at the ticket offices, but the concept is inconsistent with a game that has been going on for six months with rotations of pitchers and teams playing to win a series of games." Glanville: "If you get to the pinnacle of the mountain after a 162-game, snow-covered climb, you deserve to have more than one game to prove your worth" (ESPN.com, 9/30).