Originally Posted by Kc61
It's not a viable argument to say, oh well, then why have any playoffs at all. It's just an extreme argument.
There should be playoffs, but include fewer teams to give more rewards for a great regular season.
I can understand the 8-team playoff system. Three division winners and one wild card team which in a given year might have a great record yet lose its division. Four in each league.
In the NL, I can understand adding Atlanta this year.
More than that, to me, is really pushing it. One third of MLB teams shouldn't make the cut.
But people keep complaining about the wild cards doing well in the playoffs. George just took that argument to its logical extreme. If you are looking for the best team and want the regular season to mean something, just get rid of divisions and the first place team is declared world champ. Because once you get past that, then you have the danger of the team winning it all not being the best team. I don't care if you are just separating it with 2 leagues, or 4 divisions or 6 divisions and 2 wild cards, unless the team with the best record doesn't automatically win the world championship, then the best team may not win it all.