The key topics: He's against the expansion of using instant replay, although he said he'll continue to study the subject; he's in favor of playing at least one day game during the World Series; he will study the spacing of off-days during the postseason, and baseball will not retire Clemente's famous No. 21.
The first World Series night game was Game 4 of the 1971 World Series between the Pirates and Orioles in Pittsburgh."I would like a day game, I've said that," Selig said. "I appreciate what FOX has done to accommodate us. Guys, we're starting tonight at 7:57, that's 35-40 minutes earlier. I hope there's some way we can figure out how to do this." As far as spacing of postseason games, two years ago, MLB decided to move the start of the World Series back from Saturday to Wednesday. That gave them several days to play with in the earlier rounds. For example, though, the Phillies have wiped out the Dodgers the past two years in five National League Championship Series games. Thus, they've had to wait six days each postseason to open the World Series. "We plan to take a look at it," Selig said. "But how do you know in the middle of March if a series in October is going to go three games, four games or five games. How do you know if you're going to need an East Coast-West Coast travel day as you did with Boston and Anaheim? You have to figure that out through the end of the League Championship Series." "I'm going to do the schedule myself next year. Next year, when you have a complaint, you can complain to me," he added, facetiously. "But it's tough. Look, you play 162 games. I've said for a long time that if the clubs want to go back to 154, we can reduce a lot of this. But they unanimously don't want to do that. The fact is, there's nothing much we can do. Do I hate going into November? Of course. Nobody worries about the weather more than I do."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.