The NFL is set up for one-and-dones. The NBA and NHL play a series in the postseason. So did baseball — best-of-five, best-of-seven — until adding this mini-round.
"I wish it was a three-game playoff," Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I've clinched and I wait for you and you just got here, and one game, anybody can win, and I'm done? I wish they would cut the season to 159 and play three games. A lot of people would love that."
Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria agreed that one game makes things difficult. Yet after the Rays were eliminated in the final days, he'd gladly trade places with Texas or Baltimore.
"I'd take their situation over ours any day. They're in the postseason," he said.
Slugger Adam Dunn would like the chance for one more swing, too, after his White Sox were overtaken by Detroit in the AL Central. Still, one game is rugged for anyone.
"I can see from a fan's perspective, but from a player's perspective I can't imagine liking it," Dunn said. "I don't like it. I don't think it's fair."
No matter, it's a new era in baseball. Oakland general manager Billy Beane can accept that, and sees all sides to the fresh playoff format.
"Yeah, listen, it's great and it's terrible all in the same sentence," he said.
AP Sports Writers Paul Newberry, Howard Fendrich, Stephen Hawkins, Janie McCauley, Steven Wine and Fred Goodall, and AP freelance writers Mark Didtler, Chuck Murr, Ian Harrison and Steve Herrick contributed to this report.
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