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PostSubject: Leyland likes idea of expanded postseason   Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:31 pm

Leyland likes idea of expanded postseason
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 04/22/11 8:30 PM ET

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes some sort of expansion is in store for baseball's postseason, echoing remarks from Commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday. What form it takes, he doesn't know.

Leyland confirmed an expanded postseason has been one of the topics of discussion for Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, which has been brainstorming on various ideas to improve the game for more than a year. When they asked Leyland for his opinion, he was in favor of it.

"I like it," Leyland said. "I think the Commissioner explained it. There's a lot of particulars yet that haven't been worked out, but being on that committee, that's been one of the discussions. I think there will be an additional playoff [team]. I'm not exactly sure what the format will be yet.

"I think it's good for baseball, as long as it doesn't get crazy and doesn't get too watered down. It's never going to get to the point where if you just show up, you're in the playoffs. But I think it's good for baseball. There's been no decision made as far as how to do it for sure. They're just throwing a bunch of ideas around. But I think it will be good for baseball. Basically, to me, baseball is like any other business. You try to give your customers what they want."

A good part of the challenge, Leyland said, is how to fit in extra postseason games without stretching the schedule too far into the fall. The last two World Series have had at least one game played in November. This year's schedule was moved up to a March 31 Opening Day in order to help avoid that.

"We're trying to do everything we can to stay out of November baseball," Leyland said, "but that's a lot easier said than done."

Leyland also believes instant replay will eventually be expanded to include judgments of fair or foul balls. Again, though, he has no idea what form it might take.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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