MLB: Alex Rodriguez; Bud Selig on Playoffs and Roid Records; Daisuke Matsuzaka

Rich StoweAnalyst IIIApril 24, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 23: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees follows his grand slam home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 23, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Alex Rodriguez hit his 22nd Grand Slam on Saturday, passing Manny Ramirez and now just one away from Lou Gehrig's all-time record of 23.

A-Rod may have had his ability in the clutch questioned, but 22 grand slams show that if the bases are loaded, he's one of the greatest threats in baseball history.

Bud Selig announced last week his intention to expand the baseball playoffs. This will be good in that it will make teams compete through the end of the season. It would be significantly better to win your division than to settle for the Wild Card.

It will also help prevent the scenario in which a third place team, with a playoff-worthy record, misses out while division winners with worse records advance. Granted, it doesn't happen too often, but it has become more common as of late.

There' s potential downside as well. Unlike the other major sports, wherein half the teams make the playoffs, doing so in baseball is a hard-won accomplishment.

The playoffs shouldn't expand. But Selig and Co. want money and this is the next logical step. 

My advice: make it a one-and-done game. Punish the Wild Card teams by having them spend their aces in that game and finally give an advantage to the team with the best record.

Until now, there's been no real benefit in facing the Wild Card team in the Divisional Series. Perhaps that would change.

Also last week, Bud Selig said that all of the records held by Barry Bonds and the other big headed, back-full-of-acne steroid users would stand.

I'm torn on this.

It's good because it's hard to tell who actually used PEDs, so he won't be punishing everyone. But he needs to punish who he can. The commissioner possesses what's called the "best interest of baseball" power.

Kennesaw Landis exercised this in 1920, banning for life the Chicago White Sox that took money to throw the 1919 World Series. Gambling was huge back then and a major problem in baseball, but Landis was willing to put the best interests of baseball ahead of all else.

Selig needs to man up and do the same with those who have tested positive for or admitted to using PEDs, no matter their excuse, explanation or circumstance.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is on a roll right now for the Boston Red Sox. But if I was a Red Sox fan I wouldn't get too excited. Dice-K is not a good pitcher because he allows too many baserunners. Right now, he's able to strike batters out; don't be surprised if in his next start he reverts to form. This has been the biggest problem of his career—lights out one start, lights don't even come on in the next.

So, do you agree or disagree? Comment below.