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How do you feel about expanding the playoffs?


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  1. 1. How do you feel about expanding the playoffs?



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In my other poll, a *slight* majority of posters would like to see realignment as compared to the status quo.

I'm wondering if this poll will be just as close...

Do you mean just adding more teams to the current playoff format? I think I'm against that.

But I'd be for other types of post- or extra-season competitions. Like, I'd be in favor of a shorter regular season schedule with periodic breaks for tournament or cup type competitions between national teams, or club teams from various leagues (Japan, Mexico, US, indy leagues etc).

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Against. I like how special it is to make the playoffs, and don't want it to be watered down and meaningless like it is in the NBA.

I don't think byes would work like in football since they are series and I think 16 would be significantly too many teams, so I'd just keep it at 8.

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I'm neither for or against the current system, but I do enjoy the current format. I don't want making the playoffs to be cheapened, and the current system provides great competition and suspense (I guess you can call it suspense?).

I wouldn't be too bothered if more teams or added, but I would rather it stay the way it is.

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In a sport where you play 162 games and some teams still are only a game or 2 out, I don't think adding a wildcard team to each league would downplay anything. In the NBA it is fairly commonplace for sub 500 teams to make the playoffs. I don't see this happening in baseball. I am somewhat for it.

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If anything, they should reduce the format. I'd rather they go back to two divisions, winners play for the pennant. How you do during the season should count for something.

If only the Yankees or Red Sox win every year, then all the more reason to institute a salary cap and start an international draft.

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Expand the playoffs only if you contract the season.

I'm with you on contracting the season at least. I like the playoffs like they are. But last year (WBC year) they were playing in November, which is just wrong. Imagine a Colorado v. Minnesota (in their new, open-air stadium) playing in November.

You can't reduce the 162 game schedule (too much revenue lost) but you could start the season a week earlier, few less off days, play some scheduled doubleheaders (they used to play 10 or more a year.) It wouldn't be difficult to make the season end by mid-September. If they did that they could expand the playoffs. I would prefer 12 teams, a bye round. 16 seems too many. This isn't the NHL where only 4 teams don't make the playoffs. :rolleyes:

In the end, I'd rather see the regular season compacted (not shortened) then 8 teams in the same format, just finished in fall weather, not winter.

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This. I wouldn't go more than 6 teams per league. (This poses some issues as to who gets in: 3 wild cards, 2nd best team from each division, or realignment).

Agreed. I like this idea.

Wildcard playoff series (Best of 3)

ALDS/NLDS (Best of 5)

ALCS/NLCS (Best of 7)

The top 2 teams in each league gets a "Bye" and doesn't have to play in the wildcard playoff series.

Hmm... maybe I've been watching too much of the NFL. :scratchchinhmm:

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Agreed. I like this idea.

Wildcard playoff series (Best of 3)

ALDS/NLDS (Best of 5)

ALCS/NLCS (Best of 7)

The top 2 teams in each league gets a "Bye" and doesn't have to play in the wildcard playoff series.

Hmm... maybe I've been watching too much of the NFL. :scratchchinhmm:

It's thought about so much because it's successful and popular.

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In a sport where you play 162 games and some teams still are only a game or 2 out, I don't think adding a wildcard team to each league would downplay anything. In the NBA it is fairly commonplace for sub 500 teams to make the playoffs. I don't see this happening in baseball. I am somewhat for it.

Amen. There aren't enough playoff teams in the MLB, the NBA is laughable and the NFL is perfect.

Expand the playoffs.

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