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A vote, again, for a wild-card play-in game

Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:49 am
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No need to make this a long argument. I've made it before, and so have others.

But with Bud Selig saying again that he expects expanded playoffs in 2012, here's hoping (again) that baseball goes with a one-game play-in between the two wild-card teams in each league.

The benefits:

-- Is there anything more exciting than one game, winner-take-all? Think Game 7, but also think Tigers-Twins 2009, or Twins-White Sox 2008, or Padres-Rockies 2007.

-- By making it one game, win-or-go-home for the wild cards, you put a real premium on winning the division. You make the 162-game schedule more meaningful, and avoid what happened last September in the American League East, where the Yankees and Rays were both basically assured of making the playoffs, and didn't really care whether they won the division or not.

-- By making it one game, you give the division winners a short break (not too long), and you force the wild-card teams to use their best available pitchers to try to win that game. You put the wild-card teams at a real disadvantage in the Division Series and, again, make the 162-game schedule more meaningful by rewarding division winners.

The argument against:

Baseball isn't about one game, and after playing 162, you shouldn't face elimination in a single game.

Fine. Win your division, and you don't face a one-game playoff.

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Category: MLB
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Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:19 am
 

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:08 am
 

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:00 pm
 

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:45 am
 

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:20 am
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:46 pm
 

A vote, again, for a wild-card play-in game

No matter what system or the amont of teams you let into the playoffs you'll never be able to stop a team with a big lead in Sept from resting there stars and "dumping" the remaining games while the teams still trying to make the playoffs play everyone.  Ther's no way around this.  A one game playoff in baseball is stupid because to go thru 162 games and then have one game count the entire season makes no sense.  So if you had a 340 hitter on the team that hit 52 HR, and had 147 RBI's and fielded his position properly and was a clear front runner for the MVP, but in that one game playoff he struck out four times and a 220 hitter hits a HR in the bottom of the nineth to win the playoff game, who's the MVP now?  One game alone can't count.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:40 am
 

A vote, again, for a wild-card play-in game

Also for good measure, add a No Seattle Seahawks rule:  You must win your division with at least an 82-80 record; if the division winner is 81-81 or worse let in a third wild card team from one of the other with a presumably better record.  I dont think there will be many instances of this, but I do remember that in the strike year of 1994, the Texas Rangers were leading the AL west with something like a 47-58 record.


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