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Fixing the MLB playoff format

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10/6/2015 7:18:06 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
The MLB playoff format is overall solid. It does though have room for improvement. These are just a few suggestions on how to improve it:

1: Organize the seeding by record, not by who wins the divisions.

This is one of the major issues in this year's postseason. The NL bracket has the Pirates and Cubs in the wild card game, while the Cardinals Mets and Dodgers get 1st round byes. The Cubs have a record of 97-65, while the Pirates have a record of 98-64. The Dodgers, meanwhile finished 92-70, while the Mets closed at 90-72. This is very unfair to the Cubs and Pirates that they don't get a 1st round bye, despite finishing with the 2nd and 3rd best records in the NL. By organizing the seeds based off of records, he Dodgers and Mets would face each other in the Wild Card, with the Dodgers hosting since they finished with the better record. The Cubs and Pirates meanwhile, would face off in the NLDS, guaranteeing one of them a spot in the NLCS.

2. Winning the division should not automatically get you a playoff birth

Some time in the future, a team will win their division despite having a losing record. We've seen this happen in the NFL with the Denver Broncos in 2012 and just this past year with the Carolina Panthers. If there are 5 teams that have a better record, those teams should make the playoffs instead.

3. Hosting the World Series should be determined by who has the better record

While this would eliminate virtually all purpose of the All Star Game (except for the entertainment of the fans) this would help honor the team who had the better season. If a team that finishes 88-74 gets home field over a team that finishes 97-65, that's very unfair to the team that finishes with the more dominant season. Home Field advantage is huge in baseball. It helped the Cardinals win in 2011, the Red Sox in 2013 and the Royals force a game 7 last year. An all star game should not at all determine who hosts the Fall Classic.