Reports surfaced on Monday that Major League Baseball is considering a sweeping change to its current postseason format. The league famously added a Wild Card game in each league for the 2012 season, which ultimately had a major effect on the Braves as they lost to the Cardinals at home to end their season. Eight years later, the league has reportedly tossed around the following possibilities:
- Seven playoff teams in each league
- Elimination of Wild Card Game
- Best-of-three round consisting of the two lower-ranked division winners and four Wild Card teams
- Teams in Wild Card round choose opponents in descending order, starting with highest seed
- Higher-ranked teams host all three games in Wild Card round
This proposal is certain to draw strong opposition, just as the Wild Card Game did eight years ago. This plan is very radical in terms of impact compared to the adoption of the Wild Card Game. The randomness of postseason baseball is already a mild deterrent to the aggressive pursuit of a fully fortified roster, which would become an even greater concern with an added round of three. The Trade Deadline would, however, become almost non-existent as teams hold serve for the possibility of sneaking into the postseason.
The impact across the league would be sizable, and would alter the scope of teams dramatically throughout the season. Transforming the Wild Card Game into a Wild Card Series is a noble concept, but adding two more teams and three more series to each league seems like a recipe for absolute chaos. While chaos may be an enticing concept, it would seriously damage the value of the regular season. Winning the division would have meaning, but it would be diminished severely. This is an extremely polarizing topic, so what are your thoughts?
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