This proposal hasn’t really met with a positive response across most of the internet baseball world, but I still like it. I like that it creates a tangible incentive to win your division rather than settling for a wild card, I like that it creates a real disadvantage for the wild card teams in the ALDS, and I’m excited for the prospect of the one-game playoffs.
Sherman’s reporting also outlines what I think are some pretty weak arguments against the idea within the game:
Nevertheless, there had been a lot of management officials who are concerned that a team would spend six months and 162 games to earn a playoff spot, and be eliminated in one game. This group felt it would be particularly unfair if, for example, one wild-card team won significantly more games than another and was ousted in a one-game playoff.
Well cry me a river! Arguments like this really annoy me, if only because you’d obviously never think of applying it to the status quo.…