MLB Wild Card 2012
March 1, 2012 by staff
MLB Wild Card 2012, Commissioner Bud Selig has been talking about it all offseason and it looks like Major League Baseball might end up with the second Wild Card spot for the upcoming 2012 season. This addition comes as good news to a number of teams that always saw their chance to the playoffs come to a one-game deficiency, but for teams like the Boston Red Sox, it might be too little, too late.
It also is a topic of conversation that might still anger baseball purists. These are the same people who argue that the designated hitter is ruining the sport, interleague play goes against tradition and cracker jacks should always be part of the National Pastime.
However, adding the opportunity for one more team to make it into the playoffs will not ruin baseball any more than allowing the first Wild Card team to enter the play in 1995. What happened was not the end of baseball as we know it. As a matter of fact, the Wild Card has added a great degree of interest in the postseason, with the NL Wild Card St. Louis Cardinals wining the World Series in 2011.
Since the addition of the Wild Card, that team has made it to the World Series 11 times over the 16 years it has been in existence. The Wild Card team won the World Series five of those years, including the amazing year that the Boston Red Sox broke their curse. Baseball purists don’t want change but that change has helped baseball recover from its downturn in the mid-90′s and become exciting once again.
Now, there is a chance that, on March 1, the second Wild Card spot might be introduced this season. The change is not really that big of a difference, though. When the second team is added, two Wild Card teams from each division will play in a one-game playoff, the winner getting in. There will still be a tie-breaker game, if need be, before the Wild Card game.
In 2011, that would have meant that the AL Wild Card Tampa Bay Rays would have played the Boston Red Sox and the NL Wild Card St. Louis Cardinals would have played the Atlanta Braves. This could have dramatically changed the entire course of history for St. Louis and might have saved Terry Francona his job.
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