Selig wants Series to see light of day

Playoff notebook

Baseball playoffs

October 14, 2006|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,Sun reporter

DETROIT -- Bud Selig wants baseball to return to its roots and have at least one World Series day game in the future.

He's not positive it's going to happen, though, primarily because television ratings for day postseason games lag far behind those that start at night.

"The problem is the ratings. I don't blame the network," Selig told reporters in Detroit before the start of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

"Even today, we have a lot of day games and the ratings for all day games are just not what night games are. So when people say to me, `Well, you are depriving a lot of people [by having all night games],' in truth, if you want to look at the number of people watching, it gets greater and greater as nights go on."

He said tweaking the postseason - including revamping the format to make things a little more difficult for wild-card teams - likely would be discussed this offseason. That includes the World Series day game idea, though he is not making any promises.

"I have been somewhat disappointed in some of the day ratings, but that still doesn't diminish my desire to have one World Series game during the day," he said. "I'm not sure it is possible."

The first night World Series game was held 35 years ago yesterday, with the Orioles playing at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.

Weather, not TV

Selig stressed that the decision to move yesterday's ALCS game from the evening to a 4:30 p.m. start was done for weather considerations and not a made-for-TV move so that the New York Mets would be shown in prime time.

The NLCS Game 2 was moved to the Friday night slot after Selig talked with all four clubs. He said the Tigers preferred to be switched to the day, so it would be a little warmer at Comerica Park while the Mets wanted the night slot because rain was supposed to be lingering early on.

Neither of the visiting teams opposed the switch in starting times, Selig said.

"It actually turned out to be an easier decision for me than many of my others," Selig said.

Brrrrrr

The 42-degree game-time temperature yesterday was the lowest in the postseason since Game 3 of the 1997 World Series, when it was 38 degrees in Cleveland.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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