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Sticky Spice wrote:mweir145 wrote:http://mlb.sbnation.com/2011/11/18/2571900/mlb-new-wild-card-playoffs
I like Jeff Sullivan's take on it.But there's an important thing to understand, here - the regular season and the playoffs are separate things. Completely separate things. People aren't fond of the idea of a league's fifth-best team making the playoffs because they want only the very best teams in the playoffs. They want only the very best teams in the playoffs presumably because, on some level, they want to know which team is the best. But the playoffs don't prove which team is the best. The playoffs don't prove anything.
Resurrecting this since there was news on it today - I just read this thread for the first time... and I'm going back to the Jeff Sullivan article posted on Page 5.
I disagree with part of the paragraph I reposted above. As a fan, I want to see the best teams (from the regular season) be rewarded with an opportunity to win the World Series. I'm not looking for the best team to win because I do agree that it's somewhat random and I do agree that the playoffs are completely separate from the regular season. But, again, I want the playoffs to be a reward for the teams that played the best during the regular season marathon.
I liked it exactly as it was - even with the one wild card per league. Sometimes you can have a great season and not win the division - and I like that the wild card provides an opportunity for that team to be rewarded for a great season (even though sometimes it allows iffy teams into the playoffs).
But adding one more is likely adding a team that doesn't deserve to be there in the first place. That's my opinion as a fan.
mweir145 wrote:If it was up to me, I'd scrap the playoffs altogether and just have the two best teams in each league face off over the entire month of October. But that's not going to happen.
GiantsFan14 wrote:mweir145 wrote:If it was up to me, I'd scrap the playoffs altogether and just have the two best teams in each league face off over the entire month of October. But that's not going to happen.
and it shouldn't happen because it would totally suck. you have to toe the line between entertaining and determining the best team in baseball. a month long playoff between two teams would be ridiculously boring and people wouldn't watch it. a larger playoff with shorter series is simply necessary for entertainment purposes which is why the game exists in the first place. i think the best way to allow for both factors would just be to eliminate divisions, create balanced schedules, and put the top 4 teams in each league into a playoff.
Skin Blues wrote:They had a screwed up system and instead of fixing the problem they just convolute it and give the illusion that something has changed. Seems ridiculous to have a one-game playoff for the 4th team to make the playoffs. It's just too simple to have the top four from each league make the playoffs, I guess. No divisions, just 4 "wildcards" if you want to call it that. Much better.
mweir145 wrote:The playoffs are already a complete crapshoot. Adding another team to it does nothing to change that element of it and it actually places a greater emphasis on being elite and winning the division.
Bloody Sox wrote:This the exact reason why its a great idea. No more coasting into the wildcard spot (we see how well that worked out for Boston), winning your division gets you a huge advantage over the wildcard team (as it should), and yet an extra team qualifies, increasing the overall interest level since another few teams will presumably be in the hunt. I think its a great improvement over the current system.
GiantsFan14 wrote:eliminate divisions, create balanced schedules, and put the top 4 teams in each league into a playoff.
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