Originally Posted by gilpdawg
Yeah..that's not actually the reason. When the wild card was conceived Boston wasn't yearly contenders at that point. That's absolutely not the reason. Boston only made the playoffs 3 times in the 90s.
I don't know the real reason, but there's not always a conspiracy.
Obviously it wasn't aimed specifically at NY and Boston, but it was aimed at making sure that the NLCS was the best match up for the networks possible.
This system makes it more likely that the NLCS will have two coastal teams. It's not a conspiracy, as that is how baseball makes nearly all of it's decisions, what is best for the TV ratings.