Re: Would MLB Playoffs become more popular if the series were shortened to best of 3?
While I also love the good ole days and the balanced, 24 team divisional playoffs format, given what we have, the Wild Card makes sense and has always yielded a good team. It overcomes the weakness of divisional format where a weak division makes the champion of the division a dubious distinction.
For my money, it would be more fair if you get rid of divisions and take the top 5 to get your playoff field from each league. A lot of inequity is created by the divisions. The division setup can be random and you end up with 82 win teams making the playoffs simply because they're the best of the worst in that division.
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