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WharfRat wrote:Would the game really be less exciting if the four best from each league made the playoffs? You could still have a bunch of teams fighting for those slots. This year at least, little would change in either league, except the Pads would be pretty much assured of playing golf in October instead of making the playoffs with a possibly losing record, and an additional team from Phi/Fla/Hou/NYM/Was taking their place.
I do like the division format though - perhaps they ought to go back to 2 divisions in each league, with a slightly more balanced schedule, and then give it to the top 2 in each league. That would make it less likely that .500 teams get in while .530 teams miss out.
TheYanks04 wrote:It is all about the money. The owners will never do something that lessens revenue. That is why we got division play back in the late 60's. That is why divisions expanded and wild-cards came into being. More playoff teams means more revenue. More teams in contention late in the year meeans more revenue.
It is why we also get the unbalanced schedule and inter-legaue play. It should all be buried deep and forgotten. Never happen though. No divisions. A balanced schedule. League winners to the WS. Was done that way for many decades and things worked out just fine.
TheYanks04 wrote:Boring? When did it become boring to give the regular season meaning and not let second place Wild Card clubs get a crack at beating first place clubs? Or NL West lame-os with 500 or less of a record a chance to beat a team with over 100 wins? You can't win the regular season you should not be eligible to win the post-season either.
Divisional play is all about keeping fans of as many inferior teams as possible interested as long as possible. That makes money for the owners and the players. It does not mean it is the best baseball or the type of baseball that the fan should want. You get a thrill watching the Padres in the post-season? Like they really deserve to be there? They do under the rules. If they win the NL pennant by some wild stroke of luck I hardly consider that good for anyone but Padre fans.
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