Baseball’s Real Wild Card Is Expansion

The chiefs of Major League Baseball, expecting to stay away from the homegrown maltreatment debate in which the NFL is presently entangled, has carried out an arrangement like that of its football brethren. The copying ought not stop there.

Baseball ought to consider changing its awkward post-season design, particularly its outrageous special case game. Baseball is a game focused on series, so to have a post not entirely settled by only a solitary game is uncalled for.

The configuration functions admirably in football, where groups play one game each week. Indeed, even the trump cards, two non-division winning groups in every gathering with the best records, know something like multi week ahead of time where and whom they will play.

Not so for the two trump card groups in baseball, who regularly know neither the rival nor the area until the day preceding the game. Surprisingly more dreadful than the movement operations is the way that there is just one game, naturally requiring the victor to go to open a five-game series with a division champ.

Pittsburgh, one of the special cases in the N.L., discovered on the last mtgolden day of the ordinary season that they would have the Giants for the one-game round on Wednesday. Its A.L. partner in Kansas City additionally needed to delay until the last day to discover they will have Oakland for the special case game on Tuesday.

As though delaying until the last day to learn of their next rival and area, the groups face considerably more trouble after that one game fight. The exceptionally following day the two champs should go for a five-game series, causing the whole trump card circumstance to appear to be off track.

The most down to earth answer for the post-season design is one like that of the NFL. Baseball, since it is put together not with respect to single games but rather series, would need to diminish it to two rounds.
In spite of the fact that it could probably be organized under the current three-division arrangement, baseball’s most ideal choice may be extension. Adding two groups, one in each association, would give baseball a considerably number in both the American and National circuits.

Minnesota telecasters Dick Breemer and Bert Blyleven examined the thought during a new Twins game. They considered which urban communities would be the best business sectors for new groups, aggregating a rundown that included Montreal, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and New Orleans.

“You could have four divisions in each association, all with four groups,” Breemer said. “Like what they have in football now.”

Such an arrangement would work on the post-season, dispose of the special cases, and permit every division champion a similar shot at winning the World Series. The four groups in each association would be positioned by record, passing on group one to confront group four and two to confront three in the opening round. The victors would then coordinate in the seven-game association title series, with the bosses proceeding to play in the World Series.

New magistrate Rob Manfred should give close consideration this week to the trump card games which, assuming they resemble the past four, will be dull. The scores for last year’s games were 6-2 in the NL and 5-0 in the AL. They were a smidgen more intriguing in 2012, yet the two games were as yet chosen by three runs.