I was sitting here thinking about some of the teams that haven't been to the playoffs in a long while. And it seems there is a good chance that most of those same teams won't be going anytime soon. How could you be a fan of such a team, knowing that even before the season there was basically no chance of postseason play?
Reds fans know.
Here are a list of the teams with the longest playoff droughts.
It has been a decade or more for six of the thirty teams. Twenty percent of the teams in baseball haven't been to the playoffs in at least ten years. Is that good for baseball? I think that's a resounding no. Reds fans should be able to relate to long playoff droughts, having just endured a lengthy one themselves.Code:Washington/Montreal - 30 years Kansas City - 26 years Pittsburgh - 19 years Toronto - 18 years Baltimore - 14 years Seattle 10 years
My solution: If there are any teams out there that have experienced a 10-year dry playoff run, then those teams are eligible for the newly-created fifth playoff spot. If there is more than one team eligible in each league then the fifth-spot goes to the team with the longest dry spell.
For example, at the end of the 2012 season the spots would go to Washington and Kansas City, if they did not otherwise qualify.
If there are no teams that qualify then the fifth playoff spot goes to the team with the fifth best record. And I think this would be the case more often than not.
Is this an ideal solution? Probably not. Is being a fan of a team that hasn't seen postseason play in up to three decades ideal? Definitely not.
Personally, I think throwing teams a one-game playoff bone every ten years is the sporting thing to do.