Baseball Playoff Changes
March 1, 2012 by staff
Baseball Playoff Changes, At first, I opposed expanding the baseball postseason. Hardly anyone contended that the playoffs were too short. If anything, the postseason was too long.
I’m still concerned that baseball’s decision to add a wild card in each league will lead to further expansion, turning the playoffs into a come-one, come-all, similar to the endless NBA and NHL extravaganzas.
But at this point, even that argument is nitpicking. And the major benefit of adding a one-game, wild-card round in each league — the increased emphasis on winning division titles — is too important to ignore.
The new format is good for the game.
The expansion of the postseason will be only baseball’s second since 1969 and first since ‘95. The ratio of qualifiers — 10 of 30 — still will be the lowest of any major professional sport.
In the end, the changes will add excitement with minimal intrusion — at least starting in 2013.
Trace the roots of all 30 MLB teams, dating back to the beginning of the sport’s modern era in 1901.
Scheduling inequities will occur this season due to Commissioner Bud Selig’s desire to implement the new system immediately. Travel nightmares may occur if baseball is forced to cram in tiebreakers as well as wild-card games before the start of the division series. But both issues are one-time only concerns.
The expansion, thanks to an imminent agreement between management and the players’ union, will take effect one year before it was mandated by the game’s new collective-bargaining agreement.
The commissioner’s office and the players’ union spent weeks devising a workable plan for 2012, knowing compromises were necessary because the regular season and postseason schedules were set.
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