The idea that the Wild Card can be devalued or should be given more respect is absurd to me. It's a Wild Card. You're supposed to have to fight for it. a divisional winner spot in the playoffs is earned. Beyond that, I'm fine with MLB making the Wild Card spot as nailbiting to get as possible. A one-game playoff does the trick. The Wild Card never "earned" its playoff spot in the first place -- we just happen to have just come out of a decade and a half of MLB making it easy for them.