Bloody Sox wrote:So are you in favor of the wildcard or not? I understand and agree with your statement that more teams don't necessarily make it more exciting, but too few (i.e. pre-wildcard) penalizes worthy teams that did in fact do well enough in the regular season to qualify (e.g. a 97 win team in one division being excluded while an 81 win team from the other division makes it in). I think the wild-card is the perfect mix - 25% of the teams make it in and the wildcard chase is very exciting. Obviously the division races are not always as important, but its a worthwhile sacrifice.
Not really. I like the divisions to mean something. Given that there are three divisions, the options become:
(1) Give one team a bye the first round of the playoffs.
Analysis: Not going to happen. Too much of complications of impact of layoffs and forfeits a money-making playoff series for the MLB.
(2) Reorganize the divisions back into two: East and West. Maybe I'm a curmudgeon (well, I am), but I like this one. It's simple, it's clean, and it makes the divisions interesting again. But, it won't happen: eliminates all the WC speculation and a playoff round.
(3) Reorganize the divisions into four ala' the NFL: May as well. Try to make some more geographic sense out of the divisions that exist. Maintains the # of playoff rounds which would keep MLB and the networks happy. Puts the importance back on your division and not pulling for an out-of-division game b/c it puts your divisional rival in or out of the playoffs.
But even if you're for it, the argument that you should have it b/c some teams are deserving isn't a good one for the reason I pointed out above.