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    Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

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    I disagree but changes need to be made . The playoffs have no flow. When the final playoff game ends in a certain round then the next round should begin in 2 days. As the weather turns colder the Phillies have been waiting since Sunday. the Weds-Fri-Sun series was stupid. There never should be a scheduled off day when teams remain in the same town for the next game.

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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    There are way too many teams IMO to ever return to a format where the best team from each league automatically makes the World Series. I think it would zap fan interest, especialy in smaller markets.

    I do agree about the flow of the playoffs sucking though. Bud complains about baseball running too late into the year, but isn't he the one who has the final say over these ridiculous schedules?
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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    I love the regular season, adore it, treasure it... playoffs seem like a a bad concert most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    I love the regular season, adore it, treasure it... playoffs seem like a a bad concert most of the time.

    That's why I feel more wild cards - while perhaps improving competitive balance - cheapen the regular season. Especially since Home Field advantage doesn't mean very much in MLB as opposed to the NBA.
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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    I love the regular season, adore it, treasure it... playoffs seem like a a bad concert most of the time.
    Exactly.

    I love a pennant race. I love the everyday aspect of it. I love it that it is so final. I love that it's like a death march for the teams in it. The desperation "win or go home" brings true meaning. Guys play their guts out.

    It is a true test of who is the best *team*, slots 1 through 25 of the roster, slots 1 through 5 of the starters, your bullpen, and your bench and minor league depth.

    Playoff baseball has become who has the best and most #1 starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    I love the regular season, adore it, treasure it... playoffs seem like a a bad concert most of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    I love a pennant race. I love the everyday aspect of it. I love it that it is so final. I love that it's like a death march for the teams in it. The desperation "win or go home" brings true meaning. Guys play their guts out.

    It is a true test of who is the best *team*, slots 1 through 25 of the roster, slots 1 through 5 of the starters, your bullpen, and your bench and minor league depth.

    Playoff baseball has become who has the best and most #1 starters.
    Man, I couldn't agree more.

    My ideal circumstance would be for the season to be shorted to 158 games and end on Tuesday afternoon. Call it "Closing Day". Then the divisional series starts up Friday with all four series playing. Best-of-seven, seven straight days. One day off and then the LC series start, best of seven, seven straight days. World Series starts on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday.

    Make it more like the regular season -- with the added bonus that you can earn additional rest by taking care of business quickly.

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    Man, I couldn't agree more.

    My ideal circumstance would be for the season to be shorted to 158 games and end on Tuesday afternoon. Call it "Closing Day". Then the divisional series starts up Friday with all four series playing. Best-of-seven, seven straight days. One day off and then the LC series start, best of seven, seven straight days. World Series starts on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday.

    Make it more like the regular season -- with the added bonus that you can earn additional rest by taking care of business quickly.
    Agree with most everything. I would put the league back into two divisions and have the playoffs go just like pre 1995.
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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    Quote Originally Posted by dsmith421 View Post
    Man, I couldn't agree more.

    My ideal circumstance would be for the season to be shorted to 158 games and end on Tuesday afternoon. Call it "Closing Day". Then the divisional series starts up Friday with all four series playing. Best-of-seven, seven straight days. One day off and then the LC series start, best of seven, seven straight days. World Series starts on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday.

    Make it more like the regular season -- with the added bonus that you can earn additional rest by taking care of business quickly.

    The Reds Phillies series was a disaster. An off day in between every single start did nothing to help the flow of the series and set it up better for the team who has the best TOR starter. Although you could make the argument that Philly has the best top to bottom rotation left in the playoffs.

    There was an interesting article in the LA Times saying leave the weekend alone and I couldn't agree with it more. Don't go up against College Football and the NFL. Your casual sports fan is going to watch football over baseball, especially right around now when both seasons are heating up. I guess I would go start a season on Monday, play Monday through Friday, off day Friday and then a game on Sun. Take advantage of the NFL's stupid TV policy of only showing one 4 game and start the MLB game at 5-6.

    I couldn't agree more in that you want the playoffs to mimic the regular season. The 5 man rotations came around because of a basic need, the pitches couldn't pitch consistently on short rest. I agree that the the entire roster should come into play in a playoff series. Maybe the only day is given for an travel day. If you are worried about off days then stagger the starts of the playoffs. Start one on Wed and one on Thurs and then have them play with an off day given between game 2 for travel.

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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    Quote Originally Posted by Cedric View Post
    Agree with most everything. I would put the league back into two divisions and have the playoffs go just like pre 1995.

    I think the leagues are just too big for that.
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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    I don't have a problem with the current setup of how many teams are in the playoffs. I don't really see a need to add more teams. The more you add the less the regular season means.

    The one thing I would change is the scheduling. Like mentioned above the Reds Phillies series having the extra day of that no other series had should not happen. The last few years for TV they have had one series with an extra day off so they can start with 3 games a day for the first few days. What that leads to is for that one series the teams get through the series with 3 starters where in the other series most times the teams will use a 4th starter. It makes no sense to setup an advantage for a few teams in the schedule that the other teams don't get.

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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    Quote Originally Posted by Cedric View Post
    Agree with most everything. I would put the league back into two divisions and have the playoffs go just like pre 1995.
    The problem you have with that is that more teams are shut out of even having hope to make the playoffs. If we were still in two divisions, the Reds don't make the playoffs this year.

    The Wild Card was one of the few good ideas Bud had. It gave smaller markets a chance. It also gives me a chance to see someone other than the Yankees from the AL in the world series every year.
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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    Easy way to get rid of the wild card in the NL, four 4 team divisions.

    As for the AL, it's irrelevant fake baseball anyway
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    Re: Joe Posnanski on why the Wild Card round stinks

    Or eliminate the playoffs.

    All teams.

    1 League.

    162 (165? 168? 170?) games.

    Winner takes all.

    How bad would that suck? :

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    Easy way to get rid of the wild card in the NL, four 4 team divisions.

    As for the AL, it's irrelevant fake baseball anyway


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