Matthias wrote:What baseball does right, and the NBA does wrong, is make it very difficult to make the post-season. More teams making the playoffs doesn't make it more exciting: it just makes it more dilutive. More teams have a chance? They all have a chance: they all play in the regular season. The only thing more playoff series does is put more $$ in the MLB coffers (which is why it was a Bud idea) and make it so that almost all of the, "post-season" counting records are owned by modern-day players.
Well, I was with you right up until that last sentance... you're right about the $$ thing, a definite bonus for the ownership.
But come on... post-season counting records? Honestly, who the heck cares about that? I know baseball records are the most revered records, and it's history is so rich and important, but sometimes this sport just gets so antiquated and stodgy that it makes me laugh. The baseball "elite" are nothing more than a bunch of crusty old guys who get off on nostalgia. They're the same reason why the Hall of Fame/Steroid garbage has gotten so much run in the media.... making things more important than they really are.
Anyway... back to regularly scheduled bickering... unless we're ready to completely scrap the current system and re-align the teams into four or eight divisions (like football), the Wildcard is absolutely necessary. It essentially saves the last month+ of the season from being completely meaningless in just about every division other than the AL East.