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Too many teams make the playoffs

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Granted, the 1980 Orioles got screwed, but that was extremely rare. It was a real accomplishment making the playoffs in a large division finishing first.

Now you are in a small division and can make it even If you finish third!

Though you can argue the play in game is not the playoffs.

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5 minutes ago, Canson80 said:

Granted, the 1980 Orioles got screwed, but that was extremely rare. It was a real accomplishment making the playoffs in a large division finishing first.

Now you are in a small division and can make it even If you finish third!

Though you can argue the play in game is not the playoffs.

Nice mention of the 80's Orioles in an attempt to make this post fit into Orioles Talk and not Rants.  👍

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28 minutes ago, ORIOLE33 said:

Maybe give the 2 best teams a bye in the 1st round.

I think a bye is a bad idea in baseball. Momentum is an incredible influencer when you're used to playing every single day

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49 minutes ago, ORIOLE33 said:

I actually believe that they should get with the times and add more teams and eliminate the play-in game. 

Why? This sounds like everyone deserves a trophy talk.

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I like the current format. It lets a few more teams and fans in on the fun, but rewards the division and league winners. Having one and five game series leading up the the Championship series not only speeds the whole process along, but puts the emphasis on making it to the Championship and World series. With such a long season, the playoffs will always be a fickle fight against fate. That is part of their fun.

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MLB is much less popular than it was in 1980 and it needs to compete with NFL and NBA. You don't draw in fans if barely any of the teams have a shot at the playoffs.

There needs to be a balance between the postseason race meaning something and fans feeling like their team has a shot, and MLB is in the sweet spot right now IMO.

I'll be bummed when it expands and we end up with 8 divisions though. 

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