Rays like idea of new playoff format
The details have not yet been made official, but the Rays players like what they've heard of the plans to expand the playoffs to include a second wild-card team in each league.
"I think it's exciting,'' Rays 3B and player rep Evan Longoria said. "It's exciting for all of us. .. I think the goal was to allow more teams to have a chance in the end, to hold on to those playoff hopes for longer.''
Longoria said the players are all for the idea. "I think it was pretty unanimous around the league that the more playoff spots the better,'' he said. "Once you get into the playoffs it's more revenue for the ballclub, it's more excitement for the players, so I think it would be a no-brainer for everybody.''
The idea of a one-game "playoff" between the two wild-card teams, however, does raise some concerns.
"I wouldn't mind two out of three, but at least it gives you a shot to get in,'' RHP James Shields said.
"I don't think anybody’s "comfortable" with it - it's an uncomfortable feeling going into any game that you know you could go home, your season could end,'' Longoria said. "But at the same time, it's exciting - you're in the playoffs now.''
"It's cruel,'' OF Sam Fuld said, "but it's going to be an exciting night.''