Boomer And Gio Defend Rob Manfred Over Changes To Baseball

Playoff Expansion Is One Idea Being Floated By MLB

Boomer and Gio
February 13, 2020 - 9:13 am

Rob Manfred has taken a fair bit of criticism over reported changes that might be made to the MLB playoffs.

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According to reports, Manfred and those in charge at the league offices want to expand the number of playoff teams in each league from five to seven. Under this possible new format, teams with higher seeds would be able to choose their first opponents.

On Thursday, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti defended Manfred’s plan a little bit after Esiason had interviewed the commissioner on Wednesday.

“I actually like most of the stuff that Major League Baseball is doing,” said Giannotti. “Now, I’m not one of these guys that starts to break out into hives when you change the rules of baseball. I’ve always been someone who wants to move it forward and let’s change something. We act like baseball hasn’t changed in the past, it’s always changing!”

These changes to the playoff format would be the first for the league since 2012, when another wild-card team was added. Those changes have been well received, but putting even more teams into the playoffs would result in increased revenue and interest around the league.

It’s been a dramatic offseason in baseball, between these possible rule changes and the ugly stain on the game that was the Astros sign-stealing scandal. Despite all that, Esiason insists that Manfred didn’t seem too stressed out, because some stuff that baseball is doing is indeed working well.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred presents the Washington Nationals with the Commissioners Trophy after defeating the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park.
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“The thing that he’s not stressed out about is that there are a lot of good things: this field of dreams game is going to be a huge success for them, the little league game is a huge success for them,” said Esiason. “There are a lot of good things that they are doing.”

Esiason also pointed out that this postseason expansion isn’t a sure thing yet. At the moment, it’s just a proposal that is being gauged by the league.

“These are just ideas at the moment. These aren’t things that are definitely happening. I think you float ideas out there, and you get the sense that now you can go out and ask your fanbases ‘do you want to expand the playoffs?’”

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