New Playoff Structure: Pros & Cons
So, Major League Baseball announced today that baseball’s playoff format will be changing. There will now be two wild cards in each league, with each team playing a one-game playoff to decide who advances to the Division Series round, where it is then business as usual.
There are two things I like about this system:
1. It gives my Twins a better chance to make the playoffs! Heck, I wonder if the two consecutive one-game playoffs featuring the Twins in 08-09 and the excitement they created played a part in this decision!
2. How many times have we seen this rivalry during the regular season…
There is one major reason that I do not like this new format, however, and that is because I feel it is little more than a giant…
…for baseball’s lack of a salary cap. I realize that Selig wants more teams to have a shot at making the playoffs, and this format does just that. However, how much does it truly affect the competitive balance of the league? I would argue very little. The rich teams will still be rich, while the poor teams will still be poor.
Overall, though, I don’t mind the changes all that much and I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.