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  • Is it time to revise MLB's playoff format?

    How about each league taking the four teams with the best records? Face it, San Diego has about as much business being in the playoffs as Quin Snyder deserves being mentioned in the same breath as John Wooden.
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  • #2
    At least fix the order of games in the NLCS. The Wild Card team should not get 3 home games in a row. Use the hockey format: 2-2-1-1-1.

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    • #3
      How about getting rid of that [email protected] wildcard ... retroactively. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

      On a more serious note, make it more difficult -- like the NFL-- for the wildcard to win the championship.
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      • #4
        I'd like to see the wild card team get one home game in the divison series and then 2 home games in the LCS and World Series.
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        • #5
          In many cases the WC team has a bteer record than a couple of division winners.

          The Astros, Phillies, and perhaps the Marlins desrved to be in the playoffs way more the the Padres.
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          • #6
            My proposal:

            Take the 3 division winners and the "Wild Card" team.

            Seed them according to regular season records. If the wild card team has a better record then one of the division winners, then they get seeded higher. Do away with the rule that you cannot play a team from your own division in the first round.

            For the wild card team, give them 1 home game in the DS, and 2 home games in the LCS. Determine home field advantage based on which league had the better overall interleague record that year.

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            • #7
              QUOTE(Iowa_Card @ Oct 20 2005, 07:26 AM) Quoted post

              My proposal:

              Take the 3 division winners and the "Wild Card" team.

              Seed them according to regular season records. If the wild card team has a better record then one of the division winners, then they get seeded higher. Do away with the rule that you cannot play a team from your own division in the first round.

              For the wild card team, give them 1 home game in the DS, and 2 home games in the LCS. Determine home field advantage based on which league had the better overall interleague record that year.
              [/b][/quote]
              So, theoretically, you could wind up with the #2 seed having only 1 home game in the DS against the #3 seed. That makes no sense.
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              • #8
                QUOTE(Tazlaz @ Oct 20 2005, 07:54 AM) Quoted post
                QUOTE(Iowa_Card @ Oct 20 2005, 07:26 AM) Quoted post

                My proposal:

                Take the 3 division winners and the "Wild Card" team.

                Seed them according to regular season records. If the wild card team has a better record then one of the division winners, then they get seeded higher. Do away with the rule that you cannot play a team from your own division in the first round.

                For the wild card team, give them 1 home game in the DS, and 2 home games in the LCS. Determine home field advantage based on which league had the better overall interleague record that year.
                [/b][/quote]
                So, theoretically, you could wind up with the #2 seed having only 1 home game in the DS against the #3 seed. That makes no sense. [/b][/quote]

                Well, I think they shouldn't get the same opportunities as the division winners, even if one division winner has a .500 record. Just throwing ideas out there.

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                • #9
                  One home game in the LDS is OK, but once you beat division winner, no other penalty should occur.

                  It's a ll about revenue and fan participation. It's probably necessary fro ma business perspective.
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                  • #10
                    2-1-2 format for the wild card team in the NLDS.......and I like the idea of having 2-2-1-1-1 for the nlcs.

                    Bottomline: There should never be what we had in the first round vs SD. Way too much time off. It could have allowed Peavey to face us in two of the first four games. That is uncalled for.
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                    • #11
                      Other than switching the LCS to 2-2-1-1-1 I have not seen anything in this thread (or elsewhere) I would take over the way it is now.

                      If you take the teams with the 4 best records you are killing the drama leading up to the playoffs. You will guarantee there is only 1 compelling race (the one for that 4th spot) every year. As it is now we usually have two or three compelling races going on in each league down the stretch.

                      The lack of home games for the wild card seems kind of dumb to me. I think that is too unfair from a revenue standpoint. I also don't think it would necessarily have the desired effect. Houston just took 2 of 3 in our park.

                      I think the seeding for the WS s/b based on overall records. That way you you give teams something to play for as long as possible. Screw the AS game or the interleague play records.

                      Forget adding teams. That would further cheapen the 162 and push it further towards the NHL and NBA. Having said this, there is no way they would reduce the # of teams either. It would kill the good races down the stretch we have had the past few years and reduce revenue.

                      Bottom line. Just don't get so hung up on the WC label. It just so happens these WC teams were in a division with other good teams the past few years. That is the whole point of the WC in the first place.

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                      • #12
                        Yes by all means lets make sure we have a "compelling race" even if it waters down the playoffs, and lets in a shitty team like SD.

                        Having a fraud of a team in the playoffs is far worse than knowing who is getting in ahead of time.

                        IMHO
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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(madyaks @ Oct 20 2005, 01:41 PM) Quoted post

                          Yes by all means lets make sure we have a "compelling race" even if it waters down the playoffs, and lets in a shitty team like SD.

                          Having a fraud of a team in the playoffs is far worse than knowing who is getting in ahead of time.

                          IMHO
                          [/b][/quote]

                          Go take a business 101 class.

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                          • #14
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                            The lack of home games for the wild card seems kind of dumb to me. I think that is too unfair from a revenue standpoint. I also don't think it would necessarily have the desired effect. Houston just took 2 of 3 in our park.[/b][/quote]

                            Playoff revenue gets divided between teams, if not every team in the league.

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(Beetlebop70 @ Oct 20 2005, 01:43 PM) Quoted post
                              QUOTE(madyaks @ Oct 20 2005, 01:41 PM) Quoted post

                              Yes by all means lets make sure we have a "compelling race" even if it waters down the playoffs, and lets in a shitty team like SD.

                              Having a fraud of a team in the playoffs is far worse than knowing who is getting in ahead of time.

                              IMHO
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Go take a business 101 class. [/b][/quote]

                              Making money off of it, and having playoffs that actually reflect the best teams in the league playing each other have nothing to do with each other. Or shouldn't. Is that what you think this thread is about? How to make more money for the owners, or as baseball fans what would be the best playoff format?
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