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Baseball's Double Switch
Wall Street Journal ^ | November 18, 2011 | Daniel BarBarisi

Posted on 11/17/2011 4:42:02 PM PST by SMGFan

MILWAUKEE—Major League Baseball plans to revamp its divisions and playoff format with a series of moves that will have significant ramifications for at least two of its media partners and millions of fans. MLB hopes to begin some of the changes next season, with an additional wild-card team making the playoffs in each league as part of an effort to generate more television revenue for baseball and give fans of midtier teams a reason to continue buying tickets and following games through the entire season. The four wild-card teams will play a one-game or best-of-three playoff to determine who moves on to the divisional series.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: baseball; chat; majors; sports
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not sure how exciting this makes pennant races
1 posted on 11/17/2011 4:42:04 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

We’re going to need a bingo card to follow this mess.


2 posted on 11/17/2011 4:44:31 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: SMGFan

An additional wild card team. Pretty soon, MLB will be like the NHL where 80 percent of the teams get into the playoffs. What’s the point of having a regular season?


3 posted on 11/17/2011 4:46:03 PM PST by Signalman
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4 posted on 11/17/2011 4:46:28 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SMGFan

More TV money - World Series in December?


5 posted on 11/17/2011 4:46:30 PM PST by PapaNew
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Why don’t all the teams get to play in the playoffs and get a variable handicap depending on how crappy they are? It’s the new American way.


6 posted on 11/17/2011 4:47:42 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: SMGFan

Get rid of the silly Designated Hitter.

And while you’re at it, get rid of inter league play.


7 posted on 11/17/2011 4:48:02 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Signalman

Maybe they can play year round and have the world serious end by December 24.


8 posted on 11/17/2011 4:48:09 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: eddie willers

“Get rid of the silly Designated Hitter.

And while you’re at it, get rid of inter league play.”


I agree.


9 posted on 11/17/2011 4:52:14 PM PST by Mears (I can't take anymore of this.)
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To: eddie willers

Both, like homosexuality, are unnatural acts.


10 posted on 11/17/2011 4:53:48 PM PST by Jacquerie (Think outside the pizza box.)
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To: morphing libertarian
If they add another round of playoffs, they should go back to the 15 game schedule..shorten the regular season by at least a week..

One day in the future, when the Twins play the Cubs in the WS...the ENTIRE WS will be will be wiped out by a blizzard that blankets the midwest..

11 posted on 11/17/2011 4:55:03 PM PST by ken5050 (OH SHIT****NOT MITT!!!)
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not sure how exciting this makes pennant races

They keep moving the World Series later into the fall and they can count on occasional snow-outs.

12 posted on 11/17/2011 4:55:20 PM PST by SoJoCo
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I like it. It puts the pressure on pitchers.


13 posted on 11/17/2011 4:55:56 PM PST by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: SMGFan

From a sporting standpoint, professional sports need fewer teams in the playoffs, not more. But since the objective of professional sports isn’t to win but rather to make money, I could see this coming.

From a sporting standpoint I have to laugh at the concept of a team that couldn’t win its division somehow becoming a ‘world champion’. Yet we see it repeatedly.


14 posted on 11/17/2011 4:57:18 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: eddie willers
Get rid of the silly Designated Hitter. And while you’re at it, get rid of inter league play.

If they were smart, they would play fewer regular season games, back to say 150 per year.

And yes, inter-league play was harmful. Baseball was special, when the only time AL and NL got together was Allatars and World Series.

Then to have one league, one team dominate; makes baseball predictable and boring.

15 posted on 11/17/2011 4:58:05 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: SMGFan

As an Astros fan, I can say today was an absolute kick in the gut. I would love to personally punch Bud Selig in the face.


16 posted on 11/17/2011 5:00:20 PM PST by catfish1957 (Save a Pretzel for the Gas Jets!!!)
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Ever since the DH started almost 40 years ago, MLB has kept finding ways to screw things up even more. The solution to uneven numbers of teams is contraction.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 5:01:38 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: eddie willers
Get rid of the silly Designated Hitter.

And while you're at it, get rid of inter league play.

If they adopted the second of your ideas it would be essential to adopt the first. Otherwise the National League would have a huge advantage in the World Series.....American League pitchers would not have a clue.

18 posted on 11/17/2011 5:01:44 PM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: SMGFan

$$$


19 posted on 11/17/2011 5:01:54 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!...P.S. Why did FR ZOT Frantzie?)
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To: eddie willers
From what I am reading, it's going to move in the oposite direction. The DH (no, not 0bama) is coming to the National League along with lots more interleague play.

Makes me sick thinking about it.

20 posted on 11/17/2011 5:02:33 PM PST by Post5203 (Our political class have sullied a good man's name...Washington)
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