Originally Posted by Johnny Fan
It deminishes the regular season. Look at last year, Reds finished THIRD in their own divison and made the playoffs...sorry I am a Reds fan but that is just wrong....
They played in the most competitive Division in the league, and had only 2 wins less than one of the NLCS representatives.
Plus it's not like they were given a free shot at the playoffs. Their penalty for not winning the division was a 1-game play-in, on the road, no less.