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    Sherman: MLB to change playoff format

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    Oh boy!! Destroy the game some more. Why stop there. Let teams within the division set the opponents line up and rotation for the series.
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    Why are we playing 162 games again?

    Cut the season by 25% and start the playoffs in September (World Series in October) and I could get on board.

    But I am also wondering if baseball is again wasting time trying to cater to type of person that will never be interested in baseball, while ignoring what makes the current fan interest in baseball.
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    7 is an extremely weird number. 6 feels like the sweet spot. With the two best teams getting first round BYE instead of picking their opponent and the first round being bumped to 3 games instead of the 1 game wildcard. So a 3-5-7-7 format.

    Keeps the regular season important, only extends the possible amount of games by 2, rewards the two best teams, and keeps the hopes of marginal teams alive longer thus increasing fan interest and revenue. The only potential downside is that perhaps it may give the two best teams too much of an advantage, but I think this could be mitigated by increasing the time between the first two rounds by a few days, giving pitchers time to rest. This may necessitate decreasing the regular season schedule by a few games, but that's not really a big deal in my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chop2chip View Post
    Why are we playing 162 games again?

    Cut the season by 25% and start the playoffs in September (World Series in October) and I could get on board.

    But I am also wondering if baseball is again wasting time trying to cater to type of person that will never be interested in baseball, while ignoring what makes the current fan interest in baseball.
    25% would be a MASSIVE cut. That is too extreme for me, but cutting it down to ~150 games or so would be fine with me. There are some complications given that baseball is such a stat-heavy sport and the record books would be sketchy, but I don't think that's an insurmountable obstacle. But going down to 120 games or something would be insane.

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    With Acuna and Albies on board and locked up forever, I feel like any remotely competent management would basically get us into a seven-team postseason every year. Which is a pretty boring thought, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chop2chip View Post
    Why are we playing 162 games again?

    Cut the season by 25% and start the playoffs in September (World Series in October) and I could get on board.

    But I am also wondering if baseball is again wasting time trying to cater to type of person that will never be interested in baseball, while ignoring what makes the current fan interest in baseball.
    Awful. 162 games and basically HALF the teams make the playoffs? Awful.

    Agreed. You'd have to cut regular season games, but MLB would never do that.

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    With 6 or 7 teams in each league making the playoffs, Brian Snitker might go down as the greatest manager in Braves' history.

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    And, yeah, with that many teams we don't need 162 games. MLB be would be on the verge of being the NBA or NHL at that point.

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    This is idea is actually worse than the DH- never thought I’d say that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulavol View Post
    This is idea is actually worse than the DH- never thought I’d say that.
    DH is fine, i dont know about this though.

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    They won’t actually do this - they are just floating this out there to see what the fan response will be - and it isn’t pretty.
    This is will go away like New Coke.

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    Except, of course, “new coke” was a brilliant marketing strategy to bury Pepsi in the cola wars, but I digress...

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    Seems super gimmicky.

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    What the hell is the format for 7 teams per league? Two play-in games followed by a third play-in game to narrow 4 wild cards down to 1, then placing it in the NLDS with the 3 division winners as now? That's all I can think of, that the wild cards would need to start the postseason 2-0 to get to the NLDS.

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    LA would pick us

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    Quote Originally Posted by TURBO View Post
    LA would pick us
    Everyone would pick us

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    As far as that pick your opponent foolishness, that will definitely go nowhere, but this is just the perfect time for it. Astros, BoSox, Yankees cheating? Let's create new avenues to take advantage of!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman View Post
    What the hell is the format for 7 teams per league? Two play-in games followed by a third play-in game to narrow 4 wild cards down to 1, then placing it in the NLDS with the 3 division winners as now? That's all I can think of, that the wild cards would need to start the postseason 2-0 to get to the NLDS.
    Round Robin with the top two teams playing in the NLCS? That sounds like a really, really stupid idea at first, but the more I think about it the more I think it would actually be kinda fun lol

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