Monday, September 7, 2015
The Baseball Playoffs Need to Change
In short, the playoffs need to be restructured. At a minimum the wild card needs to be extended to at least a best-of-three series AND the teams need to be seeded based on their regular season record. It would be even better if the wild card playoff was a best-of-five series and the remaining the playoffs a best-of-seven. However, as I noted a couple of years ago ("Why the MLB Wildcard Playoff is Unfair") this would probably require a shortening of the regular season from 162 to 154 games.
Update: On September 8, 2015, the NBA voted to change its playoff rules so that seeding in the playoffs is based solely on regular season record. If a team wins their division, they qualify for the playoffs. However, if their record is worse than all the wild card teams, they will be seeded last. If the NBA can do it, so can MLB.