Posted 25 July 2020 - 07:11 PM
My reflections and opinions.
I never liked the old format I grew up with only 4 divisions and 2 leagues. There were countless good teams with good records, including the Twins here and there, who were shut out after the marathon season that is baseball.
On of the smartest things MLB has ever done...could be argued the only smart thing they have done...was the re-alignment of 3 divisions in each league and adding the WC. [I still don't like the Brewers in the NL and Astros in the AL, but I digress].
I am also OK with 2 WC teams, but hate the 1 game play in as it too "gimmicky" for me. It should have always been a 2 or of 3 format.
We sometimes make jokes about the "integrity" of the game, and deservedly so for many reasons. But the marathon that is a baseball season is special and unique on so many levels. And to sudddnly adopt an NBA "half the teams make it anyway" approach demeans the game, IMO. We have seen NBA teams at .500 and even below make the playoffs previously. And there has been a call to re-seed the playoffs as a result. I'm not current on the most recent decisions/agreements made, but thought I heard they may re-seed for the conclusion of 2020.
I'd have to research to be fully accurate, but I believe the NFL has had at least a few .500 teams make the playoffs with their current format. Speaking of WC and not division winners who may have been the same. I believe 4 NFL teams have made the playoffs with losing regular seasons. And now the NFL is talking about expanding their playoff structure?
In this weird, short season, while I don't like it, I can see MLB opening the gates for ONE YEAR. Since everyone is on board with it, and it could bring in $ to help offset financial losses.
But if this continues in 2021 and beyond, I think baseball loses something. It diminishes everything from the extended season to the trade deadline to the Hot Stove League. Baseball, IMO, becomes less interesting when an 83 win team enters the playoff picture after a marathon season, with all the intrigue involved.
"Nice catch Hayes...don't ever f*****g do it again."