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A vote (again) for one wild wild-card day

Posted on: January 11, 2011 11:48 am
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I see that Bud Selig says it's too late to change the playoff system for 2011.

That's fine, because maybe that means that by the time they do change it (don't be surprised if it happens by 2012), the powers that be will understand that the best option is one extra wild-card team per league, with a one-game all-or-nothing playoff between the two wild cards.

The benefits have been pointed out before, by me and by others. A quick recap:

-- It makes September more meaningful, first because more teams would remain in contention and secondly (and just as importantly) because winning the division would be more important.

-- It gives the division winners a clear advantage, because the wild-card winner will have had to play an extra game, and used up more pitching.

-- It gives baseball a day of great theater to kick off the playoff month. Think of White Sox-Twins to decide the AL Central in 2008, and Tigers-Twins to decide the Central a year later, and think of drama like that every year.

General managers have suggested a best-of-3 series between the two wild-card teams, because they don't like the idea of making the playoffs in a 162-game season and then facing elimination in one game. The easy answer to that is, "Fine, win the division and you won't face it."

And now the argument continues, for another year.

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Category: MLB
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