Or they could shorten the regular season to 108 games (May-August), and run the playoffs like the NFL, top 12 make it, top 4 get first round byes, and have the first round be a 3-game set (Mon.-Wed.), with what we’ve know to be the ‘regular’ playoffs starting the Friday after the season is over. That would make sense though…so baseball won’t do it.
That doesn’t give us enough time to fit in the second season If we assume six games a week, then one month for playoffs, then add in both spring trainings, the all star breaks, and a decent sized off season, no more than a 50 or so game season is possible. A possible schedule.
July-Spring Training 2
November-Playoffs 3 (A combination of the first two)
December-More of Playoffs 3
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In the 17 full seasons since wild card was implemented, a race has been decided by a one game margin less than a third of the time (32%). That margin has been three games or greater over half the time (56%). In 2001, the 102-win Oakland Athletics won the wild card by a 17 game margin over the 85-win Minnesota Twins. The fault with affording that Twins team an opportunity to upset that Athletics team far outweighs the merits of advancing a team that falls one game short…the season was and should again be 162 games for a reason.
Yes. Let’s pull the one example in 17 years over and over again please. Can you imagine the horror that would have ensued 11 years ago if the A’s had to face Brad Radke? On national television? For all the marbles?
Comment by Sociology Degreeer — April 17, 2012 @ 10:31 am
Let’s do it EuroSoccer style. Best 2012 regular season record wins the MLB Championship. Spread out over the 2013 season, the division/wild card teams play a tournament to win the MLB Cup (e.g., a series every month).
There is no reason the post season tournament in American sports needs to immediately follow the regular season. (Some different players, sure, but today’s Boston roster will differ from its playoff roster). The Tournament games can be part of (and counting toward) the regular season schedule. That would doubly spice up the regular season.
Hell, add a third tournament during the season with Minor League champions, College champions and MLB’s division winners. Or a 4th one with Mexican, Japan and Korean teams visiting. It works pretty great in England.
Comment by Steve Balboni — April 17, 2012 @ 1:54 pm
Yes, pay no attention to the other 53% of the instances where a one-game playoff would be unwarranted.