Friday, March 2, 2012

Thoughts on the expanded playoffs

Todat the news was finalized that the second two wildcards will be added in 2012. Here is what I wrote about it when the possibilty first came up:

"With the news that the our 1962 pledge brother Astros have moved to the AL also comes the news that we will now have two wild cards per division. I am sure that some people will find reasons to hate this but it's a pretty great move in my opinion. It reinstates winning the division as a huge benefit, it introduces a one game playoff which means that no matter what, every years playoffs will have at least some great drama. The most important reason - according to Mike Silva of NY Baseball Digest in a post written today:

"The Mets would have made it every year from 1984-1990.  They also would have been in the postseason in 1997, 1999-2000, and 2007-2008."

What a wonderful alternate history this makes for? What a different world we would live in where the 07 and 08 Mets make the playoffs. Outside of the fact that we could have won a pennant or World Series by the very nature of the new system we could have at least avoided the collapse. Instead of being the 07 Mets who collapsed and lead to a franchise decline we could be the 07 Wild Card winners who had a shitty September. From a purely psychological stand point this would have been great"


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