Rob Manfred, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, has an idea of how to make baseball’s postseason better! That’s great, right? Well your answer depends on if you are a fan or an owner. For a fan it seems stupid and overly-complicated, if you are an owner though, it’s a great idea whose time has come for one very simple reason: They can make a lot of money! Hey, that’s what it’s all about right?
Proposed New Postseason Schedule
Here is the MLB’s brilliant new plan:
- There will be three division winners and four wild cards from each league for a total of fourteen teams in this convoluted scheme that will bring in a ton of television revenue.
- The team with the best record in each league automatically qualifies for the divisional round.
- The remaining division champs and the wild card team with the best record would host wildcard round games.
- The division champ with the second-best overall record would get it’s choice of the wild card teams with the second, third, and fourth-best records as its opponent in the first round.
- The division champ with the third-best overall record would choose its opponent from the remaining two wild cards. The wild card team not selected by the division champs would play against the wild card team with the best record.
- The end of the first round would leave each league with four remaining teams competing in the divisional round. From there, everything is the same as it is today.
Number one, fourteen teams in the playoffs is too many. I think the two extra wildcards are overkill anyway. I actually prefer the old ways, as I usually do, which were two divisional winners in each league play in the league championship series and the two winners meet in the World series. I know with expansion and more teams that don’t fly anymore so my proposal would be three divisional winners and one wildcard play in the best-of-5 divisional round, followed by the best-of-7 LCS determining the two World Series teams. Now I know that is never happening again, but I can wish, can’t I?
The only reason the playoffs are being expanded is for television revenue and that is all it is. Once the schedule is done this way which is projected for 2021 or 2022, the history of baseball will be even more trashed. There was a time when baseball records were revered and that time has come and gone. I remember when it was not a big deal for a pitcher to pitch a complete game and I also remember when 30 home runs in a season was a big deal, but again, those times are long gone.
Baseball used to be a romantic game when you went to the stadium you might go a whole game and not see a home run, but you didn’t care how long the game went because you enjoyed it. Nowadays it seems in all sports that the games have been tweaked so much that they don’t resemble the games of 30 years ago.
With this playoff set up the World Series will no longer be the fall classic it will be the winter classic and the next Reggie Jackson will be Mr. November of Mr. December! We all know in the end that Manfred will get what he wants. All I want is the baseball of my youth back. You know the game that wasn’t tainted with performance-enhancing drugs, or constant home runs and strikeouts! A game where there weren’t five pitching changes in an inning; a game where if all the infielders were on the right side of the field the batter would have bunted down the third baseline for a hit.
Maybe instead of the outlandishly stupid idea to change baseball’s playoff structure maybe they should worry about the integrity of the game. Rob Manfred needs to cleanse baseball after the last three years and do more than what he has done about the rampant sign-stealing that has called in question the integrity of the last three seasons at the very least. Maybe he brings up this stupid scheme for a playoff change to get people to forget about how the integrity of the game has been affected. However you slice it the playoff change is one of the worst ideas in the history of all sports, and that makes sense since Rob Manfred is maybe the worst commissioner in sport’s history.
It’s a shame that baseball must continually destroy itself for the love of money. A time existed not too long ago where baseball was America’s pastime, but that time is passed, never to return.