Remember when that mega-rain-delayed World Series game was a big deal? That was only like a month ago, and at the time people were calling it things like the “biggest travesty in the history of sports.” Now, nobody really cares anymore. Which is why Bud Selig’s timing on announcing a new rule change to pseudo-clarify such things is so, well, Selig-ian.
We don’t have to worry about playoff games being shortened due to weather anymore, as Selig has declared that the rules will be revised to ensure that such games are played to their conclusion. Although, a couple of other details of Selig’s statement about the new rules are not quite crystal clear. We couldn’t possibly have this all make perfect sense, now, could we?
The AP (via SI.COM) has the proclamation from Selig that all games that matter will now be as lengthy as they’re supposed to be:
“All postseason games, All-Star games and that, will be full-length affairs, and the rule will be so written,” Selig said Thursday following an owners’ meeting.
Selig said the change also will apply to tiebreaker games that decide division titles and wild-card berths.
“Any game that has significance for the postseason,” he said. “It will be very clear now. Everybody will know exactly.”
Wait, so any game that has “significance for the postseason” will be played out? Does that mean the final game of the regular season when there’s a tie in the standings? Or a week before the end of the season when a game is crucial to the pennant race? What’s the line in the sand?
Also, note that Selig mentions the All-Star Game. Are we really going to suspend the All-Star Game one night and come back and finish it the next day? Or two days later? How could that possibly work?
As you can tell, this has all been thought out very well. You couldn’t wait a couple of weeks and actually draft a clear rule that addresses every situation, Bud? Instead, we’re left with a rule that clarifies one scenario and leaves a bunch of others totally open to interpretation.
And if we needed more proof that Selig’s mind is stuck in another era, he came up with this timely quip when referencing former Fed chairman’s Paul Volcker address to MLB’s owners:
“Me substantiating Volcker would be like you substantiating Grantland Rice,” he told a reporter.
Gee, that’s rich, sir! Nothing like bringing up a guy whose biggest contribution to the sportswriting landscape came 85 freaking years ago.