Count Didi Gregorius among those who think MLB's playoff expansion idea should be thrown in the Astros' trash can.
The former shortstop of Yankees and New Phillies has been in post-season for the past three years and believes the current system is in order. The idea that almost half of the MLB managed the playoffs – seven teams from each league – couldn't inspire the teams to spend that much, he said.
"They should be the best teams, right?" Gregorius recently told The Post in Clearwater, Florida: "Now you have a team that doesn't pay the top guys a lot of money, but now they have a chance to leave." You didn't even play hard, maybe won 80 or 70 games, but now you're in the playoff run. It is not that you are fighting to be at the top. You just go in, it doesn't matter how I play, because we're going to go into the playoffs anyway.
"It's not soccer or any other sport. It's the only sport we play 162 games in. It's not like you play 16 or eight games a year. It's a big difference. That's why you have to keep fighting because now people only come in because you don't have to compete. It doesn't make sense. "
Gregorius also had a problem with the prospect of the top seed being released too long. Post's Joel Sherman reported last week that the new playoff proposal would give the best-scoring team in each league a farewell to the Division Series. The other six teams in each league would then play against each other in a best-of-three wildcard round.
"This is not fair. It is not fair for the first semen because you have to sit for 10 days or how many days now," said Gregorius. "Your best starter will not be ready now. It is a choice. Just let it be the way it is. "
The top seed is currently playing the last game of the regular season on Sunday and the Division Series will start either on Thursday or Friday. Under the proposed format, this schedule may only have to be postponed by one day – not quite as long as Gregorius believed.
However, Gregorius said that if MLB's ultimate goal is to get more fans, he has better ideas on how to achieve this.
"If you want to make changes to involve children, cut prices," he said. "Get more stuff [get rid of] the blackout restrictions. If you want to involve children, you can involve them in this way. Boys have shoe stores where they can actually make shoes so children can buy them on the field or do something else. This is the kind of change you want to make because you want the kids to be involved. So you should do more for the kids.
"If you are a father with three children and pay $ 200 because you want to go to a game – or $ 250, whatever the tickets are, it is only the difference that you can afford it. Because Now you're buying food for everyone. When you leave, it's $ 300. Not everyone has that kind of money to spend on a baseball game every day. If they can see it at home and without the blackout restrictions and all that they enjoy it more. "