If It Ain’t Broke...
by John Jastremski
Feb 18, 2020 | 1393 views | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As I was sitting on a beach wrapping up the end of my vacation, I saw a news story that had me rushing to get behind a microphone as soon as humanly possible.

I couldn’t believe my eyes. Major League Baseball was considering expanding their postseason, and I couldn’t help but wonder why.

Has anybody watched the sport over the last eight years and felt the need for more postseason teams Not in the slightest.

To their credit, baseball has done a fantastic job evolving its postseason format over the years, and many of the changes have made sense.

Only one playoff participant from each league was too few, and with expansion the playoffs changed.

Take the case of the 1993 San Francisco Giants, a 100-win team that didn’t make the playoffs because there were only two divisions at the time. The sport was right to let more teams have a shot at the World Series.

Recently, it got to a point where the wild card spot was no different better or worse than being one of the three division winners in the first round of the playoffs aside from an extra home game in a potential Game 7 of the LCS.

So baseball wisely decided to reward division champions by adding an extra wild card team and forcing the one-game playoff, a format that has been a great success for the sport.

Baseball has a winning formula in the postseason. It’s a reward to make the postseason. It matters to win your division.

And the wild card game gives you that “edge of your seat” feeling that makes the NCAA Tournament so exciting. What else do you need?

I understand it’s all about the Benjamins. Television packages want more games and more revenue, but at what cost?

Is Major League Baseball looking to follow the NBA Postseason model, where it is barely an accomplishment to qualify for postseason?

With this proposed format, mediocre teams and, at times, sub-.500 teams could enter the postseason. Is that in the game’s best interest?

I’m not buying. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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