MLB NEWS & NOTES: WILD CARD COULD BE OUT UNDER REALIGNMENT
MLB "will eliminate wild-card teams for the playoffs if
the leading realignment plan is approved," according to Hal
Bodley of USA TODAY. The NL would have four four-team
divisions, putting its four champions in the playoffs. The
AL format "is being debated, but the likely structure is two
seven-team divisions" with the two division winners and two
runners-up making the playoffs (USA TODAY, 9/26).
WHAT ABOUT BOB? PART II: In THE SPORTING NEWS, Bob
Costas writes his second installment on MLB, offering
thoughts on realignment, interleague play, the DH and the
future of MLB. Costas: "Baseball's revenues and fan base
are massive. That is not to say each could not be improved.
It is to say they are more than sufficient for the game to
survive if its salary structure and revenue distribution
made any sense" (THE SPORTING NEWS, 9/29 issue).