This is faulty logic:
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig appears to be increasingly in favor of proposing more playoff teams during collective bargaining with the union next year, which will determine the postseason format for 2012 and beyond.
“We have less teams than any other sport,” he said last month. “We certainly haven’t abused anything.”
Great, let’s compare ourselves to basketball (“we’re so top-heavy that letting the crappy teams in doesn’t make a big deal, just mo’ money“), hockey (“everyone gets in“) and football (“look, we allow mediocre .500 or worse teams a chance in a one-and-done scenario“). Mr. Selig, I implore you not to follow what those other league are doing and have faith in the quality of your own product. Don’t be a slave to the ratings game. Your business has survived the recession with ever-increasing revenues. You will top $7 billion in 2010, in all likelihood. Do not water down the post-season tournament! Seriously, I am begging.
This is not the NCAA Hoops tourney. Look at these brackets below. Do we want this for MLB? Hell no.
Oh, and that cute idea about moving back to a 154 game season… ain’t gonna happen. In fact, Michael Weiner’s new phrase might cause me to change the name of this blog:
“Certainly some of the players have said either we should shorten the regular season because the regular season’s too long, or we should shorten the regular season to accommodate expanded postseason,” [Union leader Michael] Weiner said, adding that would have “revenue implications for the industry.”
It’s About The Revenue Implications, Stupid.
My mantra has been: You can’t complain unless you offer an alternative. So here’s my alternative if I have to adopt a second WC team, though I will say that I prefer the current setup with a seven game LDS:
- The two wildcard teams play IMMEDIATELY after the season ends in a best-of-three, Monday*/Tuesday/Wednesday. Tough tooties on the travel problems. You want in, it’s gonna be tough. Best record gets home field, head-to-head first tiebreaker. *If a play-in is required, that game is Monday and the three game WC series begins on Tuesday.
- Winner faces the #1 team in each league, regardless of the division. If the winner of the three game series comes out of the AL East and the AL’s best record also resides in the AL East, so be it.
- The LDS starts on Friday. No extra travel days. No need to penalize the divisional winners with too much time off. Wildcard winner will be good and tired. Tough tooties, again. The Divisional winner will have time to set their rotation.
- Best of seven LDS, Friday/Saturday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday. Travel days as needed.
- Winners of the LDS series get reseeded based upon overall record. If the WC manages to advance but has a better record than the divisional winner, WC gets HFA. Better team gets the advantage. Divisional titles are good for getting in, but mean nothing after that.
- Best of seven LCS, beginning on Monday. Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Monday/Tuesday.
- And because I hate the days between series, the following award schedule will be in effect:
- Rookie of the Year: Announced the Thursday before the LDS series
- Manager of the Year: Announced the Sunday before the LCS series
- Cy Young: Announced the Wednesday after the LCS series
- MVP: Announced the Thursday after the LCS series
You got a better idea? Let’s hear it.