Re: Joe Poz: The New Paradigm
Do away with All Star winner getting WS home field advantage. Use season record. Also, no off days during playoffs. To win the playoffs a team would then need the same pitching depth, both SP and RP, that is needed to win the regular season. To get an off day during the playoffs, win your series earlier than your next opponent does. MLB will still get plenty of prime time games, and I believe, more fan interest.
Some ball parks play differently in October than in mid summer. It is one more consideration for GM's in building a team that can compete year around. Admittedly, west coast teams have a slight advantage due to less seasonal variation in temperature, but not a significant one.