Pirates Players React To Potential Postseason Changes

Pirates Players Have Mixed Feelings About The Potential Change To The Playoffs

Kraig Riley
February 11, 2020 - 12:31 pm

BRADENTON (93.7 The FAN) - If you look at most changes Major League Baseball has made to the game in recent years, it's obvious they're looking for new and exciting ways to entertain their fans.  But could a change to the postseason be one of them?

Word leaked on Monday that the league is weighing their options when it comes to adding more teams to the postseason and spicing up the way matchups are put together.

Under the potential change, 7 teams would make the playoffs and the top seed would get a bye.  That isn't earth shattering.

The big change would be this: the number two seed would get to pick who they face in the first round out of the bottom three seeds.  The number three overall team would do the same and the two teams remaining would face each other.  That's where things get weird.  Major League Baseball reportedly like to make a show out of the selection process, thus entertaining fans in a new way.

I went around the Pirates clubhouse at spring training and asked a few different players for their thoughts on this proposed change.

Pirates starter Joe Musgrove learned about the potential change but said the idea hasn't really settled with him enough to be certain how he'd feel, but he does have a take.

"I haven't really looked through it very thoroughly, but I don't like it.  I think the format's fine how it is."

Pirates reliever Keone Kela hadn't heard of this before I brought it to him, but had a very different outlook on it than Musgrove.

"This game at the end of the day, we have to remember that it's all about revenue.  You have to generate revenue, you have to continue to keep the viewers engaged and if that's the way that baseball believes that they can engage the viewer, then you know what, so be it.  At the end of the day, you're going to see fireworks, you're going to see great baseball and that's all that matters.  At the root of it, that's what people want to see is the true competitive nature of the best athletes in the world playing America's past time."

Kela also had thoughts on the idea of teams calling out their opponents.

"It would be cool," Kela said of that ability, but added, "some people will pick their poison."

Lastly, Jameson Taillon talked about these potential changes and had a two-sided approach to it.

"I've actually got two thoughts, so I guess I'm in the middle.  I've got one thought that says it might be decent, the more teams that think they have a chance to amke it, the more teams that'll try to compete.  It could be kind of interesting,playoff races are run.  Then my other thought was if you have teams that think they could slash payroll and still make the playoffs.  Teams at the top might want to slash payroll and see if they can still slide in."

Taillon, like Kela, is intrigued by the idea of calling out your opponent though.

"It sounds like a video game, you just call our your enemy.  I think from like a coaching and scouting perspective, it's actually just interesting.  Who do your pitchers match up best against?  Does that team hit curveballs better?  OK, we want to go against the team that hits sliders better, whatever.  I think it can be interesting."

Whether or not the league ever implements this change to the postseason or some other version of it, the players have their thoughts on it and it could add some level of intrigue for the fans.  We'll just have to wait and see.

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