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Rule change or not, Ozzie shooting for division

Rule change or not, Ozzie shooting for division

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Rule change or not, Ozzie shooting for division
JUPITER, Fla. -- As talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association moved toward adding an additional Wild Card team in each league, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't think the rule change would affect his team.

"I came here to win the division," Guillen said. "It sounds arrogant and cocky. If I say I'm coming here for the Wild Card, what message am I telling my players?"

Still, the Marlins do have some experience in the Wild Card spot. Both times the franchise has qualified for the postseason, it has come through winning the National League Wild Card. And in each of those instances, the Marlins have won the World Series.

If the decision to expand the playoffs beginning in 2012 is made, it would create a one-game first-round playoff in each league to help give more teams a chance to contend for a World Series ring.

"Anytime you involve more people, it's good for the game," Guillen said. "I think the Commissioner is doing a tremendous job adding people to have a chance to see playoff games, and I think that's great for the fans. This game, we play for them."

However, some Marlins players believe there is a downside to the proposed change.

"One game in baseball doesn't show the better team always," Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton said. "It's cool if you're the team that made the second Wild Card, but it brings a little more competition [to win the division], I would say."

The way Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson sees it, it just gives his team a better chance to make the postseason in a very competitive NL East.

"It's just another chance for us to get in," Johnson said. "If that's what we need, it's just another shot for us to get to the playoffs. Once you get to the playoffs, then it's a totally different ballgame. All you have to do is win that one game, and you're in."

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