Selig announced the addition of two Wild Card teams today. Not sure when the new plan will go into effect (I think he said it could be as early as next year) and whether there will be a one-game playoff between them or a full-on series that would take baseball into November or December or the End Of Time.
I hate all this. I’m not a fan of the Wild Card system to begin with, but adding two more teams to the mix makes me crazy. Why? Because, as the article on MLB.com, states:
The new format means that 10 of the 30 teams will make the postseason.
Yup, that’s the part that gets me fuming. What’s special about a postseason in which virtually one third of the teams play in it? I understand that having more playoff teams means more excitement for the fans in those markets and more money for the teams/broadcast networks, but doesn’t all this dilute the integrity of the sport?
I know, I know. Other sports have multi-tiered playoff systems, but baseball isn’t just another sport. Not to me. I liked it the way it was. Bah humbug.