Selig to compress playoff schedule

Baseball plans to cut down on off days during the postseason next year.

Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday in Chicago that he’s working on tightening up the 2010 playoff schedule so there will be fewer gaps between games.

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia criticized the current format after the Yankees and Angels played only eight times in 20 days going into Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

“We’re going to change it,” Selig said. “I don’t disagree with Mike Scioscia. I think he was right, so we’re going to try and tighten that up.”

Selig also said he would continue to discuss instant replay, but it’s not expected to be a major topic when owners have a full meeting this morning even though there were several missed calls by umpires during the postseason.

In the past, Selig has resisted the idea of expanded video replay. Under the current system, it is used only to judge if home runs have cleared the fence or are fair or foul.

“I’m going to talk to a lot of people. I haven’t changed my view at all, but I’m always willing to talk to a lot of people and I’ve talked to a lot of managers and I’ve talked to a lot of general managers,” Selig said.

Scioscia, Tracy top managers

The Los Angeles Angels could have crumbled when pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April, overcome by waves of grief and sadness.

Scioscia kept them moving forward.

“There wasn’t one defining moment,” he said. “I think as the season started to evolve guys found that sense of purpose to play baseball again and they played it at a very, very high level.” For his deft touch during a trying season, Scioscia won the AL Manager of the Year award on Wednesday for the second time. Jim Tracy of Colorado was selected for the NL honor.

Tracy became the second manager to win the award after taking over during the season, joining Jack McKeon of Florida in 2003. Less than an hour after the award was announced, the Rockies said Tracy had been rewarded with a three-year contract.

“What we’re talking about this afternoon, it’s probably as flattering an experience as I’ve come to realize during the course of my professional career in athletics,” Tracy said.

Tracy received 29 first-place votes and two seconds for 151 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Scioscia got 15 first-place votes, 10 seconds and one third for 106 points.

Short hops

The groin-muscle injury cost Torii Hunter five weeks on the disabled list during the season might require offseason surgery. Hunter has had lingering issues with the injury after returning from the DL. He was examined last week by Dr. Daniel Cooper in Dallas. Cooper is a team physician for the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Stars with some expertise in sports hernias.