Originally Posted by PumpFak3First
It's only going to be a one year thing from what I hear. The schedule was already decided before they changed the playoff rules so this was what was implemented.
Yes, it's a 1 year thing. They shoehorned in the 2nd wildcard, and it was not needed. Should have just gone with a 2nd wild card next year.
Anyway, no one would agree to eliminate a travel day, and Fox paid a metric ton of money for the WS and league championship games. They wanted the days the NLCS, ALCS, and WS to stay the way they were. So MLB was left with one decision, a 3-2 series or a 2-3 series. Owners worried that they may make the playoffs and not get a single home game, so the only answer was 2-3.
My personal opinion is 1) the second wild card could have waited a year, 2) if they really needed it a travel day could be eliminated, and 3) if you really need a travel day screw the team with the worse record and make it 3-2, if they wanted a home game they should have won more games or won a game in the playoffs. Yet none of those are very compromising points of view.