Monday was a busy news day in the world of sports. Major League Baseball is considering a radical change to the playoff system. We learned about the first lawsuit against the Houston Astros for possibly ending a player’s career. Philip Rivers made a decision about returning to the Chargers in 2020. Tyrese Haliburton of Iowa State will miss the rest of the season.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
MLB PLAYOFF CHANGES
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Major League Baseball is considering increasing the number of playoff teams from five to seven in each league starting in 2022. But that’s just the beginning. The team with the best record in each league would receive a bye. All other teams would play in the first round. That means three series in each league in the first round with one bye.
The two division winners who don’t receive a bye and the Wild Card team with the best record would host all of the games in their first-round series. The first-round series would be the best of three. The division winner with the second-best record would get to pick which visiting team they would like to play. Then the third-best division winner record would make their pick. All of this would be done on a televised program to take place on Sunday night on the last day of the regular season.
Changes to the playoff format have to be approved by the players’ union. The hope is that having more playoff teams would reduce tanking and provide more playoff games for the television networks.
These changes would eliminate the game 163 scenario to break ties. Ties would be broken by the season series between tied teams. The first-round series could be played on consecutive days without an off day because there will be no travel.
FORMER PITCHER FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ASTROS
Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mike Bolsinger filed a lawsuit against the Houston Astros accusing them of “unfair business practices, negligence and intentional interference with contractual and economic relations.” Bolsinger allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in 1/3 of an inning in a game in Houston in 2017. That game was the last one he ever pitched in the major leagues. In the Astros defense, he wasn’t very good at all in 2017 against other teams.
Bolsinger wants the Astros to forfeit the $31 million in bonuses they received for winning the World Series. He wants the money to go to charities in the Los Angeles area and to create a fund for retired baseball players needing financial assistance.
I don’t see this lawsuit going anywhere but it just points out the terrible job Commissioner Rob Manfred has done handling this situation. Manfred decided to not go after the players who actually did the cheating and it has caused all kinds of problems. I’m all for chaos in this situation. Manfred probably needs to step down as Commissioner but don’t count on that happening.
PHILIP RIVERS LEAVING THE CHARGERS
The Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers mutually agreed that he will become a free agent and not return to the Chargers for the 2020 season.
Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton will miss the rest of the season because of a broken left wrist he suffered against Kansas State on Saturday.
WHAT TO WATCH: Missouri and Kansas State each play at 8:00 pm tonight. The Tigers are at LSU. The Wildcats host Oklahoma State. If you are willing to watch a game outside of the local teams I would choose Michigan State at Illinois. That’s a big game in the Big Ten between two pretty good teams.
PODCAST: Sunday’s podcast was a lot of fun and I covered a lot of ground from the Chiefs’ outlook for the offseason to the local college basketball teams to the Royals’ roster situation entering Spring Training and beyond. I also argue against subsidizing rural Internet access as more games are being shown on streaming services. Give it a listen when you have some time. Let me know what you think.
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